Charity staff left feeling 'soul destroyed' after break-in at Northampton store

A distraught charity worker is appealing for donations after hundreds of pounds, designer jackets and goodwill money was stolen from a shop in Northampton.

Thursday, 1st December 2016, 9:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 1:04 pm
Store manager, Anita Stevenson of Cancer Research UK

Store manager, Anita Stevenson of Cancer Research UK was left feeling "soul destroyed" following a break-in involving the Market Square store, which is understood to have taken place on Monday, November 28.

Mrs Stevenson told the Chronicle & Echo that the charity shop does not have CCTV because it has to be careful with costs as donations should fund research.

She said: “We were broken into through the back window, I think there was more than one person. They used a crowbar and made their way through the back fire exit door and pushed and chipped it and got in that way.

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“I have been walking around picking up empty hangers, it was soul destroying and so so sad because we leave the shop looking lovely.

“They have taken some really nice things, I know that they've taken really good stuff as I can tell by the rails. They have taken donations, which were in a charity goblet and cash from a drop-in-draw which is meant to be really safe. I was so upset that this could be happening to a charity, it's the lowest thing that could happen.”

The manager is now appealing for donations, good quality stock and local businesses to donate funds for a CCTV camera to be installed for the safety of the store.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire police said: “The incident was reported to take place overnight on Monday, November 28 from 6pm and was reported on Tuesday morning.”