CHARITY shops in Matlock have been counting the cost following a spate of festive thefts- including one which lost a £75 designer coat.
Heartless shoplifters are thought to have purposely targeted the fake fur coat from the Mind shop on Firs Parade between Christmas and New Year, but they were not the only victim.
The Sue Ryder shop almost opposite had a hat box taken, along with an ornamental London bus worth £30.
Age UK on Bank Road said that CDs and DVDs went missing while one thief helped himself to a bottle of wine from a hamper in the window of the British Heart Foundation.
Matthew Thorpe, assistant manager at the BHF shop said: “We get so much stuff coming in it’s difficult to keep track but stuff usually gets taken from the windows, because it’s obscured from view.”
Assistant manager at Mind, Josie Smith, admitted she felt “sick” after realising the Paul Costelloe fur coat had been taken from the mannequin in the shop’s window.
She placed it there to help boost the charity’s profits over the Christmas period.
She said: “I thought it had fallen off the stand because I couldn’t see it so I went to pick it up and it was gone. I felt sick, I was gutted and angry.
“The shop was packed at the time and I think it was a distraction.
“I think it was somebody who knew what they were doing- they could probably treble their money on it.
“We rely on these types of items, most of the profit we make comes through the door.
“We’ve had a quite a few things stolen but never quite as blatant as that.”