THIEVES walked into a Rugby shop last Thursday afternoon and stole a charity box containing just £7.
Jim Lacey, owner of Smoke no Smoke in Regent Street, said the people responsible are ‘worse than scum’.
The box contained a small amount of money for the Macmillan charity.
“I think the people who did this are worse than scum,” said Jim, who helps people quit smoking with electronic cigarettes.
“There were two males. They walked in the shop at 1.15pm and took the box and it contents. You can’t imagine what sort of people would steal from a charity. They are the lowest of the low.”
But he said faith was restored when word got out about the theft.
“Our customers have been so supportive,” added Jim.
“As soon as they heard about it through Facebook, they started to bring donations into the shop.”
There is now more than £20 in the new collection box.
“Staff were really upset by what happened, so when people started dropping in donations it restored our faith in humanity and we would like to thank everybody for what they have done for us.
“We have had so many lovely messages, it’s nice to know there is still some humility.”
The two males were caught on CCTV and have now been charged.