A ROBBER who stole money from a Cirencester charity shop leaving two workers injured, has been branded “the worst of humanity”.

A young man wearing a hoodie snatched £70 of cash from the till at Helen & Douglas House charity shop in Cricklade Street, last Wednesday at about 4pm.

A volunteer at the shop, who wished to remain anonymous, said that her two colleagues who were in the shop at the time, were both injured after one was shoved by the robber and the other fell while giving chase.

She said: “There’s a room at the back of the shop where donations are sorted and that’s where the manageress was, the volunteer was near the entrance of the shop.

“The manageress heard sounds of money and went into the shop and saw a young man or male wearing a hoodie with hands in the till picking out money.

“She tried to apprehend him but he got past them. The manageress gave chase and fell in the street.

“She’s in a very bruised and injured state, broken nose and black eyes. She’s obviously very shaken and very upset.

“The other volunteer has a painful shoulder where he shoved her.

“We’re used to goods being taken from the shop. It’s a regular occurrence and it is very upsetting but this, how long can people go?

“You just see the worst of humanity.

“But the customers have been wonderful, they have brought flowers, chocolates into the shop for the manageress. You just see that there are people who care.”

Janet Carruzzo from Helen & Douglas House confirmed that the shop manager who was injured was “recovering well”.

She said: “We can confirm that last Wednesday at 4pm a man stole £70 from our shop in Cricklade Street in Cirencester.

“The safety of our staff and volunteers is paramount to us and we have procedures in place to ensure their safety.

“We are working closely with the police to try and catch the offender.”

Police have given a description of the male as being white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and of medium build. He had short mousy brown hair which was neatly combed, blue eyes, and he was wearing a grey hooded jacket, which had shiny material and ‘some red motif’ on the front.

The man ran off with the contents of the till towards Ashcroft Road in the direction of Waitrose.

If you have any information, call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk, quoting incident 261 of September 6.