THIEVES have smashed through a Steyning charity shop in an attempt to steal the safe.
Staff and volunteers at the St Barnabas House charity shop in High Street were left upset and shaken yesterday when they discovered the chaos caused.
As they arrived for work at 9am, they found two windows had been smashed and the safe gone.
There was some relief when the safe was discovered unopened in a nearby car park and staff were able to recover the contents.
But the shop had been left in tatters, forcing the team to close for the morning while they cleaned it up.
Sally Brighton, director of retail at St Barnabas, a hospice in Worthing, said: “We are shocked and saddened that anybody would try to steal from a charity.
“As well as the cost of repairing the damage, we also lost a morning’s trade which will affect our profits, all of which go directly towards providing hospice care for local people.
“This incident has left our staff and volunteers very shaken but they rallied together and got the shop open again in the afternoon.
“I would like to thank them and our loyal customers for their support and we look forward to putting this unhappy incident behind us.”
The police are investigating the break in, which they think happened between 6am and 9am on Monday. If anyone has any information, please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting incident number 0213.