A BURGLER hurled a brick through the window of a Cirencester charity shop before stealing more than £100 in donations.

The break-in at the Sue Ryder Furniture Shop, close to the Brewery Car Park, happened sometime between the store closed at 5pm on Thursday, January 16 and 9am on Friday, January 17.

Shop worker Jackie Aylott told the Standard that she arrived at the store on Friday morning and was greeted by shards of broken glass all over the floor.

Frances Grey, regional manager of the Sue Ryder charity shops, said: “We’re just feeling very upset and completely devastated.

“It’s upsetting to know that the money people have donated to us have been stolen.”

The thief turned the back office of the store inside out before making with over £100 in donations and a collection of silver plates and cutlery.

A forensics officer from Gloucestershire Police confirmed that a brick had been used to gain entry into the store and that the offender was wearing Adidas trainers.

Following the break-in, Mrs Grey had said that a number of people had come forward to offer their help and support.

It was hoped that the charity shop would reopen its doors on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Police on 101.