Burglars have targeted at least four Leeds charity shops within half a mile of one another in the last week.
The break-ins, in Morley, are the latest in a spate of raids on outlets supporting good causes in the city over the last month.
Two of the shops – the Children’s Society on Queen Street and Barnados on Windsor Court – have been hit by multiple thefts.
Cathy Copley, manager at the Children’s Society, said: “Everyone at the shop is devastated. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to help some of the most disadvantaged children in the country.
“It’s heartbreaking to think there are people who are prepared to target a charity in this way.”
The first break-in at the Children’s Society happened last Thursday night.
Thieves smashed their way into the shop through a window – even forcing their way through metal bars – before taking £214.
A safe they wrenched from a wall was found empty and discarded in a nearby cemetery.
They then returned three days later and broke through the boarded-up window and stole £29.
Cathy said the thefts had dealt the charity’s fundraising a major blow, but added: “We won’t be beaten by this.”
In similar incidents, Barnados was broken into once last week and again this week. The thieves stole cash.
Jo Hewitt, from the charity, said: “It has been very upsetting for staff and volunteers. All the money that has been raised supports vulnerable local children and now that money has gone.”
There have also been unsuccessful break-in attempts at Scope and Age UK, both on Queen Street.
The incidents come after the Salvation Army shop in Morley was broken into twice in December. The Salvation Army shop on Meanwood Road, Meanwood, was broken into on Christmas Eve.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.