Boss of charity shop in Northampton raided by burglars is urging witnesses to come forward

Manager of the MIND charity shop in Kingsthorpe, Toni York, is hoping witnesses will come forward after the store was broken into over the weekend.
Manager of the MIND charity shop in Kingsthorpe, Toni York, is hoping witnesses will come forward after the store was broken into over the weekend.

The manager of a Northampton charity shop is urging witnesses to come forward after burglars stole £350 from the store safe.

The Mind shop on Alexandra Place in Kingsthorpe was raided between 5.30pm on Saturday (February 21) and 9am the following Monday.

A top floor window was forced open and the safe, till money and even a charity collection tin that had no more than five pence in it was taken from the premises.

They also took a digital radio given to the staff and volunteers there as a gift, a plastic till tray and an accounting book.

Manager Toni York is hoping people will contact police on 101 if they have any information on the break-in, as it is the second time in eight months the store has been targeted by criminals.

In June last year two men pushed over a member of staff before taking cash form the till.

Miss York said: “I’m totally at a loss as to why they would target us.

“They’ve not thought about what they have taken at all. Why do they need a plastic tray and a bank book?

“To take that much risk to break into a building for £350 is very strange.”

“But to us that is a lot of money, it’s really going to make a dent in our takings.”

Miss York said she had recently emptied the collection tin before it was taken and knows it only had five pence in it as she had placed the coin in there after she found it on the floor while hoovering.

Miss York added that the break-in and the robbery last year have had an effect on staff morale.

“There is only me and an assistant manager who are paid here,” she said.

“We rely solely on the kindness of our volunteers to run the shop. These are nice people , they should not have to put up with this sort of thing.”

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.