Thieves break into RSPCA charity shop 3 times

Helen Booth outside the RSPCA shop

Helen Booth with the broken door

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

CHARITY workers were left counting the cost of the damage caused by raiders who broke into an RSPCA shop three times.

Would-be burglars tried to saw through the door of the Chorley Old Road store in their final attempt to gain entry — but left empty-handed.

The break-in, at 6am on Friday, was the third time the shop had been targeted in the space of nine days.

The first incident on August 20 involved intruders removing a grill from a window at the back of the store.

Last Wednesday, they struck again by smashing a window, but did not get inside.

In the last attempt, shutters were bypassed and the bottom of the back door was sawn off. Keys were used inside and a locker opened but nothing was taken.

Replacing the door and improving security has now left the charity with a bill of more than £1,500.

Helen Booth, an animal welfare adviser at the RSPCA, said: “We thought it was bad enough when they tried to break in the first two times, then it happened again.

“We are really worried about it happening a fourth time. We rely on fundraising and getting the money back could take up to a year or two.

“It is money that could have been spent on foster homes for cats we rescue and to cover the cost of vet bills.”

A spokesman for the store said: “When I got the phone call from police early in the morning, I felt sick.

“The people who did this have been pushing the boundaries each time and this last time came with a saw.

“I don’t know why we are being targeted. We haven’t got anything of value at all — you would think we had the crown jewels.”

Insp Wayne Readfern, from Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A lot of charities are feeling the pinch at the minute and the fact people are attempting to steal from a not-for-profit organisation like the RSCPA is appalling.

“The incident on Friday morning was the third time the shop has been targeted since August 20.

"Although each of the incidents took place early in the morning I would urge people to think back to when the shop was targeted.”

People with information can call police on 101 or 0800 555111.

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11:42am Mon 1 Sep 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

Stealing (or attempting to steal) from anyone is a terrible/cowardly act, but from a charity shop?!

What pathetic losers!
Stealing (or attempting to steal) from anyone is a terrible/cowardly act, but from a charity shop?! What pathetic losers! A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 32

1:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Stealing (or attempting to steal) from anyone is a terrible/cowardly act, but from a charity shop?!

What pathetic losers!
Absolutely!!!
Its so pathetic its unbelievable.
[quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: Stealing (or attempting to steal) from anyone is a terrible/cowardly act, but from a charity shop?! What pathetic losers![/p][/quote]Absolutely!!! Its so pathetic its unbelievable. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 18

1:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

goldie47 says...

unfortunately the town is full of lowlife scum who are always after something for nothing
unfortunately the town is full of lowlife scum who are always after something for nothing goldie47
  • Score: 17

1:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

EmShambles says...

Robbing from a charity shop!? Stay classy.
Robbing from a charity shop!? Stay classy. EmShambles
  • Score: 12

2:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

catsden says...

The lowest of the lowest, nothing but SCUM, hope they catch them. Bring back the BIRCH, to steel from a Charity is disgusting., Hope they ROT
The lowest of the lowest, nothing but SCUM, hope they catch them. Bring back the BIRCH, to steel from a Charity is disgusting., Hope they ROT catsden
  • Score: 17

2:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Iluminati says...

It speak volumes for the state of our society. Lack of education and intellect, total disregard of humility and totally disengaged with town and country. I don't pity them at all and hope one day payback time, in any form or shape, will be as sufferable, as the charities they have vandalised and robbed.
It speak volumes for the state of our society. Lack of education and intellect, total disregard of humility and totally disengaged with town and country. I don't pity them at all and hope one day payback time, in any form or shape, will be as sufferable, as the charities they have vandalised and robbed. Iluminati
  • Score: 14

2:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

prestonexile says...

Don't try to attribute normal human feelings to habitual thieves. They are completely amoral and do not see it as wrong to steal anything they fancy. Wrong is getting caught ! The fact that they rob charity shops would not trouble them in any way. However they would have to shift a lot of the stock to make it worth their while selling on to second hand dealers, so they must have had transport.
Don't try to attribute normal human feelings to habitual thieves. They are completely amoral and do not see it as wrong to steal anything they fancy. Wrong is getting caught ! The fact that they rob charity shops would not trouble them in any way. However they would have to shift a lot of the stock to make it worth their while selling on to second hand dealers, so they must have had transport. prestonexile
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

artistpaint says...

This sort of scum need 2 be found.weres the cctv..there prob druggies and must be local.soft arse scum robbing from animals in need.**** ****
This sort of scum need 2 be found.weres the cctv..there prob druggies and must be local.soft arse scum robbing from animals in need.**** **** artistpaint
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

artistpaint says...

Wait till animal rights track them down.should be fun
Wait till animal rights track them down.should be fun artistpaint
  • Score: 4

10:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Citizen Cane says...

But you ain't seen nothing yet. The benefits system encourages low life to reproduce big style at the taxpayers expense. There is a huge crime wave coming to a street near you as this clone-a-crim generation comes of a criminal age over the next decade or so.
But you ain't seen nothing yet. The benefits system encourages low life to reproduce big style at the taxpayers expense. There is a huge crime wave coming to a street near you as this clone-a-crim generation comes of a criminal age over the next decade or so. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 4

2:46am Tue 2 Sep 14

GeriDarkside says...

Lowlife scum!
Lowlife scum! GeriDarkside
  • Score: 0
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