Thieves have broken into an RSPCA charity shop in Crystal Palace and smashed the front door, stole cash from the safe and caused extensive damage inside the shop.

IMG_1983 (1)Police officers in Croydon are investigating the burglary which happened between between 9pm on Saturday, 17 November and 10am on Sunday, 18 November.

The RSPCA said that the front door, which had a glass panel, was smashed and an area in the back room was wrecked.

Deputy manager Renae Snelling said: “We are absolutely devastated that someone has broken into our charity shop. Not only did they steal vital funds which are used to help vulnerable animals in this area, they also caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

“They took the safe which contained £263 and the front door was smashed. They also wrecked the back room and the area around the counter and threw the till on the ground.

“We are all just devastated and it is going to take a while before we can get everything fixed and back up and running properly again.

“The money raised at this shop is vital in paying for helping animals in need, and we wanted to make the local community aware that this had happened. If anyone is able to help us we would urge them to contact Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 2803/18NOV.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at  crimestoppers-uk.org.