A callous thief who smashed their way into a Cleveleys shop stole a charity tin full of donations to the RNLI.
Police are hunting the crook who is thought to have used a brick to force entry to Crumbly Cheese, on Victoria Road West.
In terms of what they took it was a bit of loose change and a lifeboat charity box
They then squeezed under steel bars – put in place to keep thieves out – to get inside before pocketing just £3 in loose change and swiping the collection tin, which could have had more than £100 inside.
Owner Pam Tribick said: “The glass is laminated so they had to smash it several times.
“They put some cardboard down to crawl on so they didn’t get cut by the glass –they have given it some serious thought.”
The incident took place some time between 6pm on Friday and 5.40am on Saturday, when the damage was spotted by a nearby trader as they arrived for work.
Mrs Tribick, who runs the cheese shop with her husband Steve, said: “In terms of what they took it was a bit of loose change and a lifeboat charity box.
“It was one of the big boxes and it was almost full.
“It’s a charity that’s very dear to my heart because both my nephews are lifeboat workers.”
The disruption meant they lost a few hours of trading on Saturday as police gathered evidence from the scene.
Now officers are appealing for information as they track down the person responsible.
Mrs Tribick said the break-in had not been too bad for business as they managed to ‘catch up’ after opening late on Saturday but said it is ‘unacceptable’ that someone would target a shop like that.
Lancashire Police confirmed it is investigating.
A spokesman said: “At some time between 6pm on December 18 and 5.40am on Decmber 19, someone smashed the glass in the door. They took cash worth £3 and a charity box.”
Call police on 101 with any information.