Distress after thieves target Stamford charity shops

Police outside Savers in High Street, Stamford, after a theft.
Police outside Savers in High Street, Stamford, after a theft.
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A charity shop manager said her customers were devastated after thieves broke in and stole a donations tin.

Oxfam in High Street, Stamford, was one of three shops broken into at the weekend. Thieves also got into the adjacent Savers, stealing perfume, along with Penny Lane in St Paul’s Street, where it is not known what was taken.

Thankfully there was not much money in the tin stolen from Oxfam. But shop manager Maggie Bentley said the break-in had already cost the charity.

“They have done a great amount of damage out the back,” she said. “It will cost more than £1,000 to replace the door.

“Our regulars were really upset when they came in the next day. They can’t understand how people could break into a charity shop.

“The money would have been very little but it’s money that we are collecting to go out to people in refugee camps.

“We’ve got a lot of clearing up to do and we lost half a day’s trading. We can’t have volunteers upstairs because of health and safety.”

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the thefts to come forward. Sector inspector Mike Burnett said: “With the High Street becoming busier by the day we are asking people to be observant and aware of what’s around them. If you see or hear anything suspicious then please call us.”

Inspector Burnett said it was very likely that the thieves were not local and had come to Stamford specifically to steal from the shops. He also asked people to be aware of distraction thieves while walking through the town centre.

If you have any information call 101 quoting incident 89 of December 14.