BURGLARS who took expensive items and cash from a charity shop in Wrexham have “stolen from the whole community”, according to distressed workers.
The Nightingale House Hospice shop on Mold Road was broken into on Good Friday night, with employees opening up the store on Saturday morning to find valuable goods and money stolen.
Items taken included two racing bikes which had been donated to the store, collecting tins containing “a significant amount” of cash, and electronics used to help run the store like a mobile phone, laptop and printer.
The shop, which opened in January next to The Racecourse, has been thriving thanks to its prime location, free car parking and kind donations from the public.
All proceeds go towards supporting the hospice, which provides palliative care to patients and their families.
But Caroline Siddall, director of income generation for the Wrexham-based hospice, said the break-in was a blow.
She called the act “despicable” and said the offenders – who are still at large – “ought to be ashamed of themselves”.
“It costs £7,200 to run the hospice on a daily basis so acts like this are utterly despicable”, she said.
“They have stolen from the whole community. All the people who donate, hold fundraisers and contribute to the huge effort that goes into Nightingale House, they all suffer as a consequence of this.
“The money raised here goes to funding beds for the hospice, the thieves should be ashamed of themselves.
“One day it could be their grandparents, uncle or aunt who need our help, so to steal from us is absolutely disgusting.
”We have a policy of not holding money in our shops overnight, but with it being Good Friday the collection tins had money in them overnight.
“It will cost us around £1,500 to replace the electrical items taken. That has to come out of our fund.
“The whole of the Wrexham community keeps the hospice going. This theft impacts on everyone.”
Mrs Siddall said she was unable to confirm exactly how much cash had been taken, but confirmed the safe was broken into and a number of collection tins had been taken.
She said it was the first break-in at one of Nightingale House’s shops in her seven-and-a-half years at the hospice.
Sgt Helen Douglas of North Wales Police said: “The break-in took place between 4.45pm on Friday and 9.17am on Saturday.
“The offenders broke in through the fire door. They stole a number of items including two push bikes, a laptop computer and a quantity of cash.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference number R057556.