Devastated staff at a Rugby charity shop have been left with a £1,000 repair bill after burglars smashed through a roof to ransack the store.
Police are investigating after the thieves crashed their way into the Headway shop on Clifton Road at some point between 5pm on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
The charity, which helps people rebuild their lives following brain injury, was left to pick up the pieces after the thieves trashed the shop’s shelves and donations before stealing a safe containing nearly £70.
Louise Revan, manager of the Headway charity shop, said the culprits destroyed a section of the ceiling, leaving plaster littered across the floor and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
Louise said: “They even stole the charity collection box. The damaged ceiling poses a health and safety risk so we’ve been forced to close the store and lose a full day’s business. It is difficult to believe that someone could be so cruel as to vandalise and steal from a charity shop.
“It is bad enough that the break-in has put a considerable strain on the shop’s funds – but it is even more disheartening to think that the broken roof and interiors will have to be replaced with money that should be spent on helping people who have been affected with brain injury.
“The shop will hopefully be open as usual from Wednesday September 16. We are determined to bounce back from this demoralising incident and we guarantee a very warm welcome to anyone who would like to donate some now much-needed stock.”
Anyone wishing to support Headway is welcome to visit the charity shop at 5-7 Clifton Road, Rugby.