THIEVES caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a shop front, only to make off with £10.
The vandals threw a brick through the large window of The Lobster Pot, on Whitegate Drive, before reaching in to steal two charity collection boxes.
But owner Zac Wellings said the boxes, collecting for a charity which helps people with disabilities and an armed forces charity, will have had just £4 or £5 in each.
Mr Wellings, who has had the fishmongers and game shop business since September last year, said he was baffled by the mindless theft and vandalism, which will cost him around £1,000 to repair.
He said: “When I got to the shop I expected they’d climbed through to steal whatever, but they’ve just reached in and grabbed the two charity boxes. It’s unbelievable.
“Obviously there are people with serious problems to smash a window for charity boxes.
“They’re taking the chance that there’s nothing in them.
“One was emptied recently, there would only be £4 or £5 in them.”
Mr Wellings said he was now looking into installing further security measures to protect his property.
And he won’t be getting in any more charity boxes for the foreseeable future, saying he’d rather not risk another break in.
He said: “It’s going to stop me having charity boxes now, it’s not worth the risk.
“I’ll probably have roller blinds in now so you can’t see in.
“They’ll cost money too but it’s just taking those little precautions. It’s going to cost about £1,000 to repair the immediate damage and probably a few hundred more to make it a bit more secure.”
Manager Janet Bradley said: “It’s just the lowest of the low.
“Not only have they damaged us but also two worthy charities.”
Lancashire Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
A spokesman said: “We have received a report of a burglary from the Lobster Pot. Two charity boxes have been stolen and an investigation is now under way.
“We are looking to progress CCTV inquiries.”