THIEVES who stole a wheelie bin from a charity shop in Gloucester have cost staff half a day’s takings to replace it.
A black collection bin belonging to Ancora, in Northgate Street, was stolen overnight on Tuesday, May 13.
It has cost the shop, which raises money for Carers Gloucestershire, £50 to replace.
Manager Sandra Earnshaw said: “I just can’t believe that someone has taken it. There is nothing of any value inside. It is full of rubbish.
“At first I was shocked but now I am really upset because £50 is a lot of money to us. It is half a day’s takings that we really need to support carers in Gloucestershire.
“I hope that whoever has taken it feels very guilty.”
Staff at the charity shop, which has been open for just over two years, put the wheelie bin out for collection outside the front of the shop on the Tuesday evening when they closed for the day.
Waste collection company Veolia went to collect the bin at 7.20am but when Sandra arrived at work shortly before 9am she noticed that the bin was not there.
“At first I assumed that it was people messing around wheeling it off down the street,” she said.
“But I had a look around town and couldn’t see it.
“It really is full of rubbish so I can’t understand what someone would want with it.
“We use as much as we can in the charity shop.
“The bin had been packed full so it would have been very heavy and quite an effort to move.”
Carers Gloucestershire was established in 1992 to support carers in the county.
The shop sells an array of quality second-hand items such as clothes, shoes, accessories, DVDs, toys, homewares, books and jewellery.
It is run by volunteers.
Money raised goes to Gloucestershire Cares, which provides free support and advice for carers ranging from a carers helpline and GP surgery links, to parent carer training and a carers break service.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 110 of May 14.