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Crooks grab church collection box amid Walton crime wave
4:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
DESPICABLE burglars smashed their way into a church to steal a collection box set up to raise cash for the needy.
The raid was just one incident in a mini crime wave in Walton last week.
Burglars broke into All Saints Church in Walton, crashing through the window of a disabled toilet and forcing an inner door open to get their hands on a large collection chest.
They hauled the locked chest back out through the window and fled from the scene.
Crooks caused hundreds of pounds of damage, but church workers say the collection box is regularly emptied and the burglars only escaped with about £1.
Church warden Brenda Warnes said: “For people to break into a place of worship like this is despicable. It is quite upsetting."
The damage to the windows will cost £200 to fix and there are plans to make the windows more secure to prevent further raids.
The church burglary happened between 4pm last Friday and 10am the following day.
It was just one incident in a two-day spree of crimes in Walton.
Dave’s Gents barbershop in Mill Lane was targeted by crooks in an overnight raid, but wannabe-thieves failed to get inside.
Workers at Yates fish and chip shop on Old Pier Street also found a smashed door panel from an attempted break in when they opened the shop on Friday morning, while a haul of 1,000 bricks worth about £500 was stolen from a Walton farm of Old Hall Lane on Thursday.
It is not known whether the crimes are connected.
Walton police are looking to clamp down on the crime wave and have appealed for anyone with information to contact PC Rob Willmott on 101.