A COMMUNITY minded Leek businessman has been left shocked after charity boxes supporting the poppy appeal and air ambulance were stolen in an early morning raid at his premises.
Thieves have stolen a poppy collection box and a air ambulance container, along with a till drawer, from Povey Oatcakes premises in High Street, Biddulph.
The business, which was formerly owned by the late Steve Povey, is now run by his son Alex, who lives in Leek.
Alex said this week: “The raiders smashed the rear window of our property.
“We have CCTV which shows the premises were entered at 4.50am on Saturday morning. They pulled the till draw off and then ripped the wiring from it. They then ran off with it.
“However, 10 minutes later the camera shows they returned and took both the poppy and air ambulance collection boxes. Also the premises were searched.
“It seems they were after cash and loose change.
“I am now going to have the window bricked up so this does not happen again.
“If they had stayed a few more minutes the manager would have been alerted as we start work early.” On Saturday Mr Povey, a town councillor in Leek, got a call from a resi saying they had found the items.
He said: “I received a call from a resident informing me that they had our till draw along with a poppy and air ambulance collection boxes in their garden.
“The till had blood on it so I have informed the police to enable DNA to be taken off it.” Police said they received a call from Povey Oatcakes informing them of the burglary at 5.34am on Saturday morning.
A police spokesman said: “Thieves smashed a window to gain entry to the property and then stole charity boxes and cash from the till.” The raider is described as a white male, 5ft 10in to 6ft and wearing a white/cream anorak jacket, white top and jeans. The jeans had a V or Vogue on the rear pocket.
He was also wearing flat trainer pump style footwear. Anyone who had information is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.