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Cat charity stunned after third raid by burglars
5:00pm Tuesday 14th August 2012 in News
THIEVES have targeted an animal charity three times in as many months, stealing cash and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
The latest break in at the Cats’ Protection this month has left staff devastated. Kerry Kendrick, deputy manager at the centre on Chester Lane in Sutton Manor, explained: “The first time they broke in, they stole collection boxes and the till.
“They just went for the money. They took £80 but also the van keys, meaning we had to pay £800 to change the locks.
“They smashed the windows, so we changed the doors. We have CCTV, but they were wearing hoods, so you couldn’t see their faces. But there were at least two to three of them on camera.”
Kerry added It was shocking to pick on a charity and praised police . She told the Star police had dusted for fingerprints, but with reception being a public place, the prints could belong to anybody.
“We just want to make people aware that there is a massive estate nearby and they may target houses” she went on.
“The first time I was in shock. There was stuff all over the floor. Second time, I just felt sick and last Friday I just thought, you have got to be kidding me! But at least the cats weren’t touched.
“We know people are struggling and they are getting rid of cats. We have around 300 at the minute. We need an income as we aren’t a profitmaking organisation. We rely on people’s generosity and crimes like this hit us hard.”