A West Heath charity shop has been targeted by a string of break ins and apparent acts of vandalism – including excrement smeared on a carpet – over the last 2 months, the trustees report.
The Wounded Minds Charitable Organisation aims to raise funds for the mental wellbeing of war veterans both in the UK and overseas – by donating to Combat Stress UK and the Veterans Administration Ghana.
Their shop in Fairfax Road was first broken into on the 25th April 2019. On this occasion, the till and a collection tin were stolen.
However, in subsequent break-ins, nothing of value was taken.
On 31st May two further break-ins were reported to police. Nothing appeared to be stolen but items in the shop were left thrown around and on the floor.
Excrement and eggs
In the latest incident, on 10th June, the shop was broken into and vandalised: excrement was smeared onto the carpet using clothing from the shop rails and eggs were also thrown at the walls.
Appealing for local people to come forward with information, a spokesperson for Wounded Minds said: “[We] don’t know the motive behind these break-ins but it’s frustrating and unbearable, especially taking into consideration it’s a charity shop.”
West Midlands Police confirm they are investigating the reports.