Burglars target charity shop
POLICE are appealing for information after thieves broke into a charity shop by smashing through the ceiling building's roof and stealing cash and more than £1,000 worth of stock.
The crooks targeted the Douglas Macmillan Hospice shop in Biddulph, which collects funds for families dealing with terminal illness.
Volunteers at the hospice spent much of Monday cleaning up the mess, after discovering the theft when they arrived in the morning.
The burglars managed to get through the roof of the empty apartment above the shop, before smashing down through the ceiling to gain access to the charity shop.
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They then proceeded to knock a hole into the shop ceiling to get to the donated stock.
The hospice is now appealing for people to help replace the lost stock. Donations can be made at any of the 16 shops around the city.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to a report of a burglary at a charity shop in High Street, Biddulph.The offenders forced entry between 4.30pm on Saturday and 8.30am on Monday.
"They caused significant damage and stole a quantity of cash."
Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 83 of February 4. Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.