A CHARITY shop in Burton has been hit with a strange spate of crime, following several incidents where people have defaced clothing for sale.
Four or five pieces have now been found with some of the buttons cut off at Oxfam, on High Street, meaning they cannot continue to go on sale and raise vital funds for the charity.
Staff at the shop are keen to spread the word to other shops in the area – and to let the culprits know they are aware of what is going on.
Manager Jacquie Sidwell told the Mail: “They are not taking any of the items, and they are not taking all of the buttons off – just two or three.
“We assume they are taking them about and then putting them back.
“People have donated this stuff, and it’s good stuff.”
Workers first noticed the issue over the weekend, but they have no idea why it would be happening, as it does not seem to offer any benefit for the person who is doing it.
Ms Sidwell added: “It has happened on a number of occasions over the weekend and at the beginning of the week, and we thought it might be worth informing other charity shops to let them know this is going on.
“Whoever is doing this , we’re on to them.”
Some of the items which have been defaced in this way have been designer clothing, as well as good quality items which originally came from top high street stores.
Another concern for staff at the shop is that somebody is walking into the shop – and around town before that – wielding a pair of scissors.
Ms Sidwell described the situation as ‘not really on’.
The person, or people, behind the strange acts have not yet been seen by staff and volunteers at the store.
Oxfam is a charity which works with people in poverty all over the world.
There are a number of charity shops in that part of Burton which could be affected by similar issues.