Thieves have made off with more than $800 after raiding the Berrigan Red Cross branch last week in what members are describing as a ‘‘heartless’’ theft.
According to police, the not-for-profit store was broken into between Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21.
It’s alleged the offenders gained access after they removed a fly screen and jimmied open a side window.
Berrigan Red Cross branch president Marion Dickins said the crime’s aftermath was ‘‘distressful’’.
‘‘It is very disheartening that people can cause damage to a voluntary organisation that is solely there to help local community members in need, major adverse events and situations within Australia and overseas,’’ she said.
‘‘Inside, the volunteers found that clothing, the safe containing shop takings and a mobile phone (used for volunteers’ safety) were all taken and a cabinet was destroyed.
‘‘It was a very distressful situation when the volunteers arrived on Friday morning.’’
Branch treasurer Lyndall Horne said the Red Cross provides invaluable support, making the crime especially heinous in nature.
‘‘The theft is heartless because the offenders didn’t just steal cash, they maliciously damaged the building,’’ she said.
‘‘If you need help, ask for it — but the damage they caused just makes more inconvenience and problems for us.’’
Police investigations are continuing, and the shop has resumed operating. It will be open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and Saturday mornings.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.