Burglar jailed after Lancashire charity shop break-in

John Noonan
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The manager of a charity shop today spoke of her disgust at a burglar who rifled through donations and stole a week’s takings.

The Cancer Research shop in Chapel Street, Chorley, raises £250,000 a year for the charity through sales and other activities,and is due to mark its 25th anniversary this year.

But on December 6, intruder John Christy Noonan, 25, of Alvan Square, Manchester, smashed into the shop through a kitchen window and made off with a safe containing £620.

He was jailed for 18 weeks by Preston Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to entering as a trespasser.

Today Elaine Ibrahim, who has worked there for four years, said: “The volunteers were so appalled they were all going to go to court wearing Cancer Research T-shirts and watch him sentenced but in the end we had to run the shop.

“The break-in was discovered by a volunteer who had just happened to nip to the shop next door on the Sunday.

“The kitchen was a mess. All the donations like small watches were rifled through, and the filing cabinets.

“The volunteers works hard and were extremely upset. He was jailed but the shop has not had any kind of payment or compensation.

“The police have been brilliant, they manage to link him to a vehicle on CCTV in Chorley town centre and that is how they traced him.”

The bench said the matter was “aggravated” by his r previous offending and ordered him to pay an £80 surcharge and £180 court charge.