Thieves steal money from neighbouring charity shops

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COLLECTION boxes were stolen after thieves broke into two charity shops over the weekend.

The first break in happened between 5pm on Saturday and 9.40am on Monday when intruders got into the Arthritis Research UK Shop at the Colonnades shopping precinct and stole a bright orange charity collection box with their logo on.

The second break in happened a few doors away at the British Heart Foundation between 4pm on Sunday and 9.20am on Monday when the thieves smashed the glass in the shop door to get in before stealing a cash bag.

The manager of the British Heart Foundation shop said: “I’m absolutely discussed by what has happened, I hope the people that have done this can live with themselves.

“The amount of money it is going to cost to replace the glass door, could have been spent on equipment to save peoples lives.”

Police are appealing to anyone who has information about either incident or knows the whereabouts of the orange collection box to get in touch with them

South Yorkshire Police can be contacted on their non-emergency line 101 quoting incident number 346 of the 07/05/2012 for the Arthritis Research Uk Charity or incident 334 of the 07/05/2012 for the British Heart Foundation incident.

Alternatively anyone who wants to give information on either incident anonymously can get in touch with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.