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Newbury charity shop raided by thieves

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Quantity of cash and two charity boxes targeted at RSPCA store

Thieves targeted two charity boxes and stole a quantity of cash in a raid on a Newbury charity shop overnight.

Shop owners at the RSPCA store on Cheap Street arrived this morning (Wednesday) to find the window had been smashed, cash stolen and two charity boxes ransacked.

Veronica Williamson, trustee and shop liaison officer, said on coming across the scene: “I was a bit flabbergasted.

“They have taken money from [...] wherever they can find it. It’s clear from what they have taken that it was just money they were after.”

Lisa Mason, branch administrator for both the Newbury and Thatcham RSPCA stores, said: “I am particularly saddened that this shop has been targeted in this way.

“It was just the money that was targeted. I think this will make us more cautious because we don’t know who has done this.

“We are hoping to open up in the next couple of days but we are shut until forensic teams have arrived and we have had a chance to clean up.”

She added that the amount stolen was yet to be counted and that bizarrely it appeared thieves had switched on the heater inside the store before fleeing the scene.

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