Crooks raid Lincoln charity shop
A charity shop which helps troubled youngsters has been raided by thieves.
Crooks caused more than £1,000 of damage by breaking into the ViTaL shop in Sincil Street. They stole £200 in cash and a laptop.
The charity behind the shop, Young Potential, was about to launch a course to help local youths find employment, training or education.
But it says the £1,000 bill caused by the "upsetting" theft has halted its work.
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Teri Richardson, who manages the shop, said: "Because of the cost of having to make up for what was lost during the break-in, we can't afford room hire for the prog- ramme.
"We just wanted to believe because we were a charity shop people wouldn't target us.
"We are trying to give something back, so this is the last thing we would expect."
Police were called to the shop on September 18, after a market stall worker spotted that thieves had burgled it overnight.
Ms Richardson arrived for work that morning to discover smashed glass and police at the scene.
"At first I walked in down the street and thought, 'What has happened to the market?' and then realised it was our shop," she said.
"It was horrible."
Police say a brick was thrown through the shop door, allowing the burglars to get in.
Shops on Lincoln's Sincil Street have been the target of thieves before.
Previous shop owners had dubbed it a "nightmare street" when the Echo first reported on retailers being badly hit by crime back in November last year.
At the time, figures revealed shops were being hit by thieves up to five times a month.
Lincolnshire Police say the number of burglaries has now dipped, after seeing two incidents on the street since June this year – including the ViTaL charity shop this month.