CHARITY collection boxes have been stolen from the front counters of Wrexham shops and businesses in a spate of thefts.
The town's Nightingale House Hospice has been worst hit, losing an estimated £1,500 in donated cash.
The thefts began around a month ago and so far 11 shops and businesses have had their collection boxes stolen.
Nightingale House relies on charitable donations to keep providing its valuable care for the terminally ill. It's a charity close to the hearts of Wrexham people, with local folk regularly fundraising to help keep the hospice open.
Louise Elliott, fundraiser at Nightingale House, said: 'Businesses and shops display collecting tins because they want to support our work.
'When somebody just walks in and takes it, it beggars belief.
'Eleven shops have had their collecting tins stolen, right at the heart of the community in Wrexham. They have been stolen from under the noses of the very people who want to help.'
Staff at the hospice are hoping someone with information about the thefts will come forward.
Louise said: 'They are big and very obvious yellow collecting tins, and not easily disposed of.'
Shops and businesses who display the charity's collection tins are warned to be on the look-out for the thieves.
Louise added: 'We are very grateful to Martin's Newsagents for helping us highlight this problem, and we hope it will help to warn other businesses.'
North Wales Police have confirmed they are investigating the thefts.
Inspector Chris Beasley said: 'At the end of the day it's hard to describe people who steal money meant for good causes, especially places like Nightingale House which helps so many people and families from the local community.
'These are thieves right on the bottom rung of the ladder.'
He added: 'I'm confident of making an arrest in relation to these crimes and would appeal to anyone with information to come forward. If anyone is suspicious of someone, perhaps paying for things with large amounts of change, then we would like to hear from them.'
Can you help catch them? Anyone with information can call North Wales Police on 0845 607 1002 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.