Heartless raiders seize cash raised for charity

Manager of Christie's butchers - Philip Shaw. 'Photo by Emma Mitchell.
Manager of Christie's butchers - Philip Shaw. 'Photo by Emma Mitchell.

Bearsden butcher Alex Christie has hit out at callous thieves who broke into his shop and stole hundreds of pounds of charity cash.

The robbers struck overnight last Wednesday, smashing a window to gain entry to the store in New Kirk Road.

They ransacked the shop before stealing from the cash register and making off with the donations from three charity boxes.

The cash included funds for Remembrance Day poppies.

Owner Alex said: “I’m disgusted. There was only float money in the till but there was a significant sum in the charity boxes because they were nearly all full.

“They broke a window to get in - and all I can say is they must have been gymnasts. as it was a high window. I don’t know how they managed it.

“The amount stolen must have been a few hundred pounds.”

The thieves did not take any stock from the store but they damaged files and records as they hunted for cash.

Alex said: “There was no meat taken but the files were scattered all over the place.

“I have had to spend so much time getting them all back in order and some of them were damaged.

“We just want to catch the people responsible.

“There are CCTV cameras nearby and we hope they can be tracked down.”

Police described the theft of charity cash as “despicable” and are appealing for witnesses to the break-in.

Communities Inspector John Hunter said: “We are currently investigating a break-in to Christie Butchers in New Kirk Road, Bearsden.

“Not only is it completely unacceptable to break in to any premises but stealing from charity is a totally despicable act.

“We would appreciate any information to help identify those responsible for this crime. Information can be passed in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or alternatively call 101.”