THIEVES have been broken into three shops and a library in Totley and stolen charity boxes.
The Dore and Totley Veterinary Surgery, Totley Deli, Totley Pharmacy and Totley library were all targeted in the raids, with the three businesses broken into overnight and the library targeted during working hours.
Collection boxes for Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal were stolen from the library on Baslow Road.
The veterinary surgery had boxes for two animal charities stolen along with a till and laptop computer, the deli had a collection box for an epilepsy charity taken and another Poppy Appeal box went from the pharmacy.
Martin Slater, who owns the deli, said: “I am really disappointed that this has happened when all we were doing was trying to help others.
“I think it will make business think twice about having the charity boxes and it makes you think that whoever is doing this, stealing from charity, is the lowest of the low to have sunk to this level.”
Tajinder Singh, who owns Totley Pharmacy, said: “It is disgusting that somebody is going around stealing charity boxes – especially those for the Poppy Appeal at this time of year when we have just had Remembrance Day.”
Police are investigating.