Children’s toys, intended for kids this Christmas, have been stolen from a Rochdale church along with cash from a charity box and other items.
A callous thief stole a number of items from inside the Castelton Moor Methodist Church on Manchester Road sometime between 1pm on Moday August 10 and 10am on Tuesday August 11.
As well as nicking the toys, the offender took a TV, change from a charity box, a machine that plays hymns, and a loop system with CD receiver – which helps the hard of hearing listen to hymns.
Detective Constable Michelle Farmer said: “From what we believe, it is likely the offender walked into the church while a community group were inside before hiding until the church closed.
“The technology stolen is unique to churches so will be of no use to the offender whatsoever. I cannot believe they stooped so low as to steal toys that were meant for children this Christmas.
“I would ask anyone to contact police if they believed they saw someone acting suspiciously in the area or have been approached by someone selling the items.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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