Sidmouth Oxfam burglary

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:10 18 June 2010

AN ANGRY Sidmouth charity shop manager has branded raiders who broke into the store and stole hundred of pounds as sick . Oxfam in Temple Street was targeted by the callous thieves sometime between 1pm on Saturday and 9am on Monday. The burglars stole an

AN ANGRY Sidmouth charity shop manager has branded raiders who broke into the store and stole hundred of pounds as "sick".

Oxfam in Temple Street was targeted by the callous thieves sometime between 1pm on Saturday and 9am on Monday.

The burglars stole an iron safe, which contained £300-two day's worth of takings.

They also took a £30 float as well as items donated to the shop, which would have been sold online to raise funds for the charity.

Nina Lewin, shop manager, returned to work from a two-week holiday on Monday to discover the shocking scene.

She said: "I am devastated someone would do this. I have 35 dedicated volunteers who give their time up and are so passionate about Oxfam and this shop is so community based.

"We have to work very hard, especially in the recession and for someone to do that is just sick."

The thieves broke in by drilling a hole into the fire exit door before looting the money and around £100 worth of goods.

Nina added: "They took items which probably looked like they were a lot of money but were actually of very low value."

She thanked all of her customers for the support they have shown but said the burglary comes at a time when the store is "suffering dramatically" from a lack of donations.

A police spokesperson has described the burglary as "heartless".

She added: "We are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to ring us on 08452 777444 quoting crime number KS/09/501.


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