Burglars stole thousands of pounds worth of paranormal investigation equipment, jewellery and a charity collection tin from an alternative therapies shop.
Thieves broke into the Mystical Offerings store in Owston Road, Carcroft, by breaking the locks off a window in the upstairs kitchen and made off with £10, 000 worth of goods.
Their haul included dozens of pieces of hand-crafted crystal jewellery, and hi-tech ghost hunting equipment like camcorders, voice recorders and laptops.
They also stole a collection containing about £60 for seriously ill children at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and even pinched sweets that were being sold in return for a donation to the charity.
Shop owner Vanessa Myatt, aged 40, said: “It is shocking to find someone has broken into your shop. I only opened up in September.
“They took some very expensive equipment and hand-made items that have taken hours and hours to make.
“To steal a collection for charity is disgusting, and to take the sweets as well shows how low these people will go.
“It is specialist equipment they have taken for the most part and I don’t know why they have targeted me.”
The mum-of-three added that she raises money for Great Ormond Street because all of her children - Bradley, aged 15, and twins Kingsley and Estelle, aged 13, were all born premature and required specialist treatment.
She said: “None of my children went to Great Ormond Street but I met plenty of mums and dads whose children had gone there through a support group I was a member of for parents of premature babies.
“So the cause is close to my heart. It is a fantastic charity and I’m determined to keep supporting it.
“I just hope they catch whoever did it.
“I think the police are reviewing CCTV camera footage from a supermarket close-by which hopefully might have something on it.”
The incident happened overnight sometime between the evening of Thursday, December 4, and the morning of Friday, December 5.
The matter has been reported to police and an investigation is underway. No arrests have been made yet.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about the equipment, is asked to contact police on the non-emergency 101 number.
Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
*A fundraising event is being held at Mystical Offerings in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
It will be held on Tuesday, December 23, from 10am to 4pm and there will be a range of attractions.
Youngsters will be able to tell Father Christmas their festive present requests and residents will be carol singing at intervals throughout the day.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at range of craft-making sessions, which include making Christmas cards, festive stockings and door wreaths.
Vanessa said she hoped that at least £60 could be raised on the day, which would cover what was stolen during the recent break-in.