Thieves give themselves a hair cut after breaking into Wisbech charity shop

British Heart Foundation, Break in.

British Heart Foundation, Break in. - Credit: Archant

Thieves broke into a charity shop overnight and made a mug of coffee before sitting at the manager’s desk and giving themselves a hair cut.

British Heart Foundation,Break in. Manager Janet Kenworthy.

British Heart Foundation,Break in. Manager Janet Kenworthy. - Credit: Archant

The British Heart Foundation shop manager came to work to find a vandalised till and the office computer gone - but was more shocked when she went to her desk and found a pile of brown hair cuttings at the foot of her chair.

Her desk scissors were left covered in hair strands in the bizarre break-in at the Wisbech charity shop where they took two jars of coffee and three tins of baked beans from the office kitchen but left the bread.

The incident was one of two break-ins on the same night - the other charity shop targeted was Norfolk Hospice in which thieves snatched all of the takings after smashing a pane of glass in the front door and crawling through.

In the bizarre break-in at the British Heart Foundation shop, manager Janet Kenworthy said: “Who breaks in and gives themselves a hair cut? It was a big pile of brown hair on the floor. So strange.

The Hospice shop,Wisbech, Break in.

The Hospice shop,Wisbech, Break in. - Credit: Archant


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“It is senseless, but also unpleasant to think people have been in the shop and rifled through the drawers and made themselves a drink.”

Thieves broke in by kicking down the front door at the shop in Market Place.

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At the Norfolk Hospice deputy manager Mavis Pett said she was saddened that people had taken money destined to help others.

“Our money goes to help those who are terminally ill and dying. We provide day therapy, home care and support for patients, carers and the bereaved. “The hospice has just moved to a brand new place in Hillington, near King’s Lynn and funds are desperately needed to help with that.

“To think somebody has taken money to help those people is disgraceful.”

Both break-ins happened some time from around 5pm Monday January 5 and early morning Tuesday 6.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the break-ins. Anybody with information is asked to call 101.

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