Bungling burglars caught on camera trashing Northampton club... all for £6

Two men burgled Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Club in Semilong - taking just �6 despite causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage. Xzw4wFzFuZbqXXq2xmvR

Two men burgled Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Club in Semilong - taking just �6 despite causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage. Xzw4wFzFuZbqXXq2xmvR

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Hapless burglars swiped charity donation tins in a half-an-hour rampage at a Northampton sports clubhouse.

But the bungling criminals walked away with little over £6 and got themselves filmed in the process.

Two men burgled Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Club in Semilong - taking just �6 despite causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Two men burgled Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Club in Semilong - taking just �6 despite causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the BBOBs (Boys Brigade Old Boys) rugby club in St Andrews Road, Semilong, was raided at around 4am on Tuesday morning (July 26).

Two men smashed a window to get in the premises before breaking into a fruit machine, prising open tills, taking charity tins and leaving a Guinness tap on so that it flooded the bar area.

All-in-all the break-in lasted half-an-hour. But unbeknownst to the culprits, their actions were caught on CCTV.

One of the directors of the rugby club, Pam Finta, said: “They smashed the fruit machines and the lottery machine. They threw tills on the floor and they stole the charity boxes.

“But as everything was emptied we worked out they probably only took about £6.”

The damage however will cost a lot more to repair. The broken tills alone will cost £250 to replace, Ms Finta said.

“They also left a lot of blood around the place, and a barrel of Guinness was emptied out,” she added.

“The problem isn’t the cost, it’s the inconvenience, and the amount of work it has taken to clean and fix everything.”

The charity boxes taken belonged to the Make a Wish Foundation for seriously ill children, the Cottons Farmhouse day centre and the Poppy Appeal.

The CCTV clearly shows the two men running across the car park into the building.

One appears to be bald-headed and was wearing a jumper and light trousers. The other had short, dark hair and wore a dark T-shirt.

Though the break-in was early in the morning, Ms Finta believes someone might have witnessed the two culprits.

She said: “It’s right in the middle of Semilong, there’s a lot of houses close by.”

If you have any information about the burglary, call police on 101.