THE owner of a veterinary clinic has said he is ‘angered’ by thieves who smashed into the clinic to steal a handful of cash from charity boxes.
The heartless raiders hurled a brick through a double-glazed window of Swadlincote’s Veterinary Clinic, in the retail park at The Pipeworks, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Once inside they tore away charity collections for Border Collie Rescue, Cats Protection and the RSPCA which contained about £15 in small change.
The thieves also made off with a computer monitor which the boxes had been secured to.
Practice owner Nigel Hough told the Mail: “I feel pretty angered about it.
“They have smashed the window and taken a few coins. This is money which our customers have kindly donated.
“They have thrown a brick through the double-glazed units and been in and out in about 20 seconds. It just seems a bit senseless.
“Nothing else has been touched - all the drugs are securely locked away.
“I don’t even think they went behind the counter.”
The break-in marks an ominous start for the clinic which only moved to the retail park three months ago from its former premises in West Street.
Mr Hough said: “I think it might have been kids looking for easy pickings.
“But they can’t have been that young if they were up at that time in the morning.
“I think they could have seen the boxes from the window because they would have been up on the counter in full view.
“We have been collecting for these charities for years.
“I’m not sure how long the money would have been there, I think they come every month to empty them.”
Mr Hough added that CCTV cameras at the park could have spotted the raiders.
He said: “There’s security guards on the retail park until about 1am.
“The cameras are pointed right at the entrance so there’s a chance of getting them.
A spokesman from Derbyshire Police said the force will now launch an investigation to find those responsible.
Anyone with information has been asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.