Community rallies to support charity shop after burglary

The Cancer Research shop in Glengormley which was broken into by thieves. INNT 32-004-FP
The Cancer Research shop in Glengormley which was broken into by thieves. INNT 32-004-FP

A GLENGORMLEY charity shop has thanked the community for its help and support after thieves broke in and stole cash, jewellery and a computer.

Burglars robbed the Cancer Research shop on the Antrim Road sometime between 7pm on Saturday, July 21 and Monday, July 23.

The thieves broke a ground floor window at the property to gain access.

They took a black and silver Acer desktop computer and monitor, more than 30 pieces of costume jewellery and a small amount of petty cash.

A spokeswoman for the charity thanked the community for its support, saying: “We are now faced with having to replace window frames which are a further expense to the charity.

“A lot of customers were horrified that anyone could do that to a charity which is trying to save lives.

“The staff are also very upset by this. They give their time freely to help all those whose lives have been touched by cancer and it is soul destroying when something like this happens.

“We are appealing to the public to please continue to support us - it is business as usual in the shop.

“The support from the public not only helps us continue to fund vital research, but it also encourages the volunteers in the shop to keep on going.”

This was the second robbery at a local charity shop over the same weekend.

Sometime after 5pm on Sunday, July 22 and the following morning thieves cut a hole through the roof at Barnardo’s charity shop in Ballyclare. They forced open a safe and made off with a sum of cash.

Police are investigating and have said there does not appear to be a link between the two incidents. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.