Staff at a hair salon were left “sickened” after thieves broke in and stole a charity box containing hundreds of pounds inside.
Goods worth hundreds of pounds of goods including GHD hair straighteners, hairdryers, scissors and top-brand products were stolen from Kim Smith’s Hair Design in St Paul’s Street, Stamford, in the early hours of Friday last week.
But it was only when staff realised a collection box had been taken from the reception area the true horror of what had happened sunk in.
Staff had been collecting for a three-year-old cancer sufferer and the box displayed a photograph of the youngster.
The money from a sweepstake on the weight and birth date of pregnant owner Kim’s baby was also taken.
Nick Hitchens, one of four stylists who work at the salon, discovered the theft when he arrived for work at 8am and found the door leading to the first-floor salon had been forced open.
He said: “It wasn’t nice at all and I was really cautious when I first came in.
“We have had a lot of products taken probably running into hundreds of pounds worth but the worst thing was the charity box.
“We had cleared up and then someone said ‘the charity box isn’t here’.
“That’s just sickening. We just couldn’t believe it.”
The salon opened as normal on Friday.
Essential Body Art, a tattoo studio above the hair salon, was also broken into and owner Cara Sturdy was left distraught after three tattoo guns were taken, as well as a laptop and a digital camera.
She was not insured so was forced to shut up shop until she could borrow machines from a friend.
She reopened yesterday.
Cara, who has been based at the studio for more than two years, said: “I never thought a hairdressers would get broken into in a million years, especially not in a place like Stamford, so it was a huge shock.
“They’ve taken crucial equipment so they have essentially stolen my business.
“This week has been awful.”
She also described the theft of the charity box as “disgusting”.
Witnesses should call police on 101, quoting incident number 64 of January 4.