VOLUNTEERS at a not-for-profit organisation have spoken of their devastation after burglars broke in and stole cash.
Raiders broke into New 2 You: Wrexham Reuse Centre on the Whitegate Industrial Estate at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.
They broke through two locked doors to snatch their haul – a four figure sum.
The community-based organisation helps individuals by selling low cost furniture and household goods.
Rita Walker, who is the longest-serving volunteer at New 2 You, said: “The stolen money is a major loss to a small organisation like us.
“With the cost of our overheads to keep New 2 You running, we have to be cautious with our spending to the point of meanness.
“To lose such an amount is a severe blow and has left all our volunteers feeling disheartened and angry.”
New 2 You offers help and items free of charge to people being rehomed after homelessness, domestic violence or leaving care.
A proportion of the money stolen was raised through the sale of second-hand, refurbished electrical items provided by another North Wales charity, which is still waiting for payment.
Rita said: “We’ll pull through this, but it’s been a major blow, particularly in a year when we’ve had the expense of moving to better premises.
“Volunteers work so hard to sort, clean and repair donated items that it really has hit them hard.”
Images of the theft on CCTV have been handed to police.
North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “We received a call at 7.39pm, the offenders are believed to have broken through a fire door at 6.30pm.
“Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101.”