‘DESPICABLE’ burglars have raided three charity shops in Long Eaton causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
The Lighthouse and Salvation Army shops in High Street were both targeted by sick criminals at the weekend.
The Lighthouse charity shop raises money for charity Valley CIDS, which works with children and families in Derbyshire.
Assistant manager Gill Nagarajan said: “They are just despicable.
“The way they have targeted charity shops like this is just awful.”
The burglars forced their way in through the back door to steal a computer used by staff, forcing the shop to close for Monday morning while the door was replaced.
Valley CIDS was still counting the cost of the damage and the replacement of the computer this week but it is thought to be in the high hundreds.
At the Salvation Army store a few doors down, burglars climbed on to the roof at some point between Saturday at 5.30pm and 8.15am Monday morning when manager Margaret Talbot opened up for work.
They smashed a rear window and climbed in to steal Saturday’s £400 takings from the safe.
She said: “I don’t understand how they could do this to a charity.
“They obviously need help.”
The window has now been boarded up and the shop was open Monday.
Ms Talbot added: “I’m not going to let them beat me.”
The Treetops charity shop in Derby Road was burgled the previous weekend.
Burglars broke in through the reinforced back door to steal a safe, which contained £30 float for the till and a tool kit.
The safe was later found outside ‘smashed in’.
Sara McLuckie, retail manager at Treetops Hospice, said: “It is saddening for our staff and volunteers when shops get broken into.
“It causes a lot of damage when there is very little to steal and we have to divert hard earned resources from hospice funds to repairs.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.