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‘Destruction all over the place’ as excessive road charity outlets burgled in a single day

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'Destruction everywhere' as high street charity shops are burgled overnight <i>(Image: Daily Echo)</i>

‘Destruction all over the place’ as excessive road charity outlets are burgled in a single day (Image: Daily Echo)

THIEVES smashed their means into a number of charity outlets in Poole excessive road leaving a path of destruction.

Seven charity outlets and a mobility scooter store had been targetted with a number of safes taken and computer systems smashed.

As Thursday morning broke, store staff had been left scared and sweeping up damaged glass as they picked up the items.

Crime scene investigators had been despatched all the way down to swab for fingerprints whereas lots of the outlets had been compelled to shut for the day.

Bournemouth Echo: Shoppers looked on in 'disgust'

Bournemouth Echo: Shoppers appeared on in ‘disgust’

Shoppers appeared on in ‘disgust’ (Image: Daily Echo)

Tina Mahoney, who has labored at DEBRA for 21 years, mentioned it was a “nightmare” for the charity and that it’s “frustrating that charity shops are losing trade”.

She mentioned: “We noticed that they had broken into the office and smashed our computer up, but we can’t see anything missing.

“We’ve all been told not to go into the office until after the forensics have been as they need to gather fingerprints.”

Karen Brown, who has been the supervisor on the British Red Cross for 12 years, mentioned she “can’t believe it” when trying on the boarded-up outlets alongside High Street.

Bournemouth Echo: A clean up was on in the British Red Cross

Bournemouth Echo: A clear up was on within the British Red Cross

A clear up was on within the British Red Cross (Image: Daily Echo)

Bournemouth Echo: Poole High Street charity shops

Bournemouth Echo: Poole High Street charity outlets

She added: “I opened the door this morning to smashed glass everywhere. A lady from Superdrug came down and explained that a lot of charity shops had been broken into.

“Our area manager told us to shut up the shop and clear the glass – there is destruction everywhere.

“Nothing of any monetary value was taken, they just made a mess everywhere and it’s very sad.”

Natalie Newitt, supervisor at People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, mentioned: “Our assistant manager came in and saw the glass door smashed and phoned the police because she thought somebody could be in still.

Bournemouth Echo: Shops had to be closed for the day as staff cleaned up and spoke to police

Bournemouth Echo: Shops had to be closed for the day as staff cleaned up and spoke to police

Shops had to be closed for the day as staff cleaned up and spoke to police (Image: Daily Echo)

“They took a whole safe, a wedding dress and had upturned everything, possibly looking for some keys.

“Every customer is coming in and saying how disgusted they are with what has happened.

“We struggle with general petty thieves all the time.”

The supervisor of Cats Protection mentioned prospects had been beneficiant sufficient to offer the pet charity additional food.

She mentioned that two laptops had been taken and a secure with round £450, including: “They superglued the alleyway door because I’m told it makes you think you’ve locked it.

Bournemouth Echo: Poole High Street charity shops

Bournemouth Echo: Poole High Street charity shops

“The council needs to look at installing more cameras along here; volunteers and customers are becoming very weary and you can see they are all scared.”

Susan Newcombe, director of retail at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, mentioned there was glass “scattered all over the place” after intruders compelled their means upstairs and stole an iPad and inventory.

She added: “It has been very upsetting for both volunteers and staff at our Poole charity shop, we just don’t understand why someone would want to steal from a local charity.

“We now need to raise more money to pay for the significant repairs to our shop so we are urging the local community to help us by having a declutter.”

Three men, including a 38-year-old from Bournemouth, a 45-year-old of no fixed address and a 52-year-old from Poole, have all been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Lee, of Poole police, said: “Investigators will now be carrying out detailed enquiries into these reports and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone with information that might assist our investigation, to please contact us.

“Local officers will be conducting enhanced patrols in the area impacted by these offences and we will be working with Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers from the local authority to provide a visible presence in the vicinity.”

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