A THIEF has been branded a ‘disgrace’ after two valuable ornaments were swiped from a Burton charity shop.
Bosses at the PDSA store, in Station Street, are on alert after being targeted twice in the space of a week, with similar items snatched on both occasions from under the noses of staff during busy periods.
The shop has lost out on £75 in total following the loss of the ornamental leopard and cheetah, with manager Gwen Duckhouse wary the thief could strike again.
It is the latest charity shop to be targeted in the town centre following a spate of incidents recently.
Mrs Duckhouse said: “We have had two valuable items stolen from the front of the shop. That’s £75 worth of goods which would have helped pay for the treatment of animals.
“We had one at the beginning of last week and then on Saturday when we were really busy.
“It’s very low, it’s absolutely disgraceful.
“You wonder what sort of people would do this to a charity shop. It is taking money away from things that are important which, in our case, is animals.
“You wouldn’t expect that to happen in a charity shop.
“We have told the police who said they are looking at CCTV outside the shop but we are not holding out much hope.”
Staff at the store have been left in the uncomfortable position of having to monitor customers as they browse around the store.
Mrs Duckhouse said: “We are very mindful of anybody standing around, but we don’t want the customers to feel like they are being policed.
“They want to be able to walk around and pick things up.”
The latest incident comes after the nearby British Heart Foundation store, in High Street, was left £1,000 out of pocket after a vandal, armed with a tool, damaged a range of sofas.
Several charity shops in the town centre have also complained of clothing being damaged in recent months and, bizarrely, buttons being removed.