HEARTLESS burglars have smashed their way into an Eastwood charity shop, leaving ‘devastated’ staff to count the cost.
The Headway shop, in Nottingham Road, which raises money for people with brain injuries, was broken into at the weekend, leaving damage running into thousands of pounds.
The burglars got away with cash from the till and goods from the store but also caused a lot of damage to the property while breaking in.
Manager Sharon Lyons said: “This is simply devastating.
“It’s hard to comprehend how anyone could steal from a charity.
“Not only have they taken money and goods kindly donated by the public but also they have caused structural damage which we have immediately had to repair.
“This is money that could – and should – have been spent on helping people who are affected by brain injury.
“We are determined to carry on though and not be beaten by this.”
She said that the shop is open as usual and ‘guaranteed’ a warm welcome to anyone who visits to shop, browse or donate much-needed stock.
A police spokesman said the burglary happened between 3pm on Saturday and 7.45pm on Sunday.
Officers are looking at CCTV footage in a bid to snare the burglars but so far no one has been arrested.
Pc Danny Marshall said: “In an effort to catch the culprits we have carried out a forensic examination of the shop and have conducted house-to-house and CCTV enquries.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who knows the offenders to call the police immediately.”
Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire police on 0300 300 9999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Headway provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. It has more than 100 UK groups and branches.
Call Sharon on 01773 717800 to ask about volunteering at the Eastwood shop.