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How could they do that?

PUBLISHED: 01:17 06 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH shopkeeper today vowed to step up security after heartless thieves broke into his store over the festive season and stole two charity boxes.

AN IPSWICH shopkeeper today vowed to step up security after heartless thieves broke into his store over the festive season and stole two charity boxes.

It is the fourth time Murtons greengrocers and florists on Woodbridge Road East has had its windows broken in the past year and the second time he has had collection tins stolen.

In this latest incident, which happened between 3pm Christmas Eve and 6pm Sunday 30 December, thugs smashed the shop window and door to grab the wired down boxes.

Owner, Melvin Murton, said: "The boxes in aid of cancer charities were probably about a quarter full. It is a bit sad over Christmas to think that someone would pinch charity boxes.

"A lot of the time there are only pennies in them. It is not as if it is a lottery win. There's only going to be coppers in them.

"We used to have a lifeboat collection tin and the chap that used to collect it used to tell us how much was in it and it was only about £2.

"To think that people would be so desperate. I don't know how much lower people can get, or what gets into their head to do something like that. I don't know what to make of it."

The shop, which sells fruit, vegetables and flowers, has been running 15 years but has only been targeted in this way in the last year.

"Perhaps it is just a sign of the times," said Mr Murton, who pledged to take more secure measures in the shop.

Part of these measures would be storing the charity boxes elsewhere when the store is locked up at night.

In past incidents thugs smashed a shop window, a door pane was broken and vandals broke in through a window and into the shop, again to steal the charity collection tins.

Anyone with any information should call PC John Shuard at Ipswich police station on 613500 or Crimestoppers free on 0800 555111.

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