Despicable thieves have broken into the Beacon charity shop in Bloxwich Walsall in the early hours of 18 September stealing money from the safe and donations. The intruders also caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage and left a cruel message on the wall in their wake saying, “We robbed you”.

The charity shop was forced to close while the police was called and the mess left behind was cleaned. Thieves managed to take a safe that contained money and electrical goods which included a TV and a stereo – and unbelievably tea and coffee from the staff room was also taken.

However, the brazen robbers did not stop at stealing money and goods. They also broke into staff lockers, broke furniture, ripped out and stole lino and chucked broken glass all over bridal dresses which the shop specialises in.

Robert Evans, Area Retail Manager for Beacon, said: “When I got the call telling me the Walsall shop had been broken into I was shocked. I was of course concerned about what had been taken, but when I learned about the extent of the robbery and the vandalism I was disgusted.

“As a charity we rely on the generosity of the public to help us support the many people living with sight loss across the Black Country and Staffordshire. It is upsetting to think a handful of people can steal from a charity – I can only describe the thieves as heartless.”

Beacon has thanked the public for its continued support and kind messages. In addition, Beacon has apologised for the temporary closure of the shop which is now open as normal.

Robert added: “We have received many kind messages and welcome any donations which should be delivered to our Walsall shop at 220 High Street, Bloxwich, WS3 3LQ. In addition, the easiest and safest way to donate money to the Beacon is via our website at: or over the phone on: 01902 880 111 – thank you.”

Anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to contact the police on 101.