A Peterhead-based charity has been left out of pocket after heartless theives attacked one of their delivery trucks.
Thieves struck at Stella’s Voice, based at Faith Acres on the outskirts of town, sometime between 6pm on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday, December 15.
In an attempt to gain fuel, the culprits cut a hole in a fuel tank and cut the fuel lines on one of the charity’s delivery vans.
A second van at the premises was also tampered with during the raid.
The raid came as the charity was entering the final throws of its Christmas Shoe Box Appeal which sends goods to children and adults caught up in human trafficking in Moldova.
The charity’s European director, Mark Morgan, said while the cost of repairs to the truck, at £750, was bad enough, the timing of the attack couldn’t have been worse.
“It’s our busiest time of the year as we require all trucks to be on the road to pick up donations of shoe boxes for our Christmas appeal,” he told The Buchanie.
“The van which had the fuel taken was less than a week old, but it’s going to cost us £750 to repair the tank and the fuel lines.
“But that pales in comparison to the man hours that it has cost us and at the end of the day it’s vital funds which could be going to help those less fortunate at Christmas,” he said.
Mr Morgan says the charity is now looking at installing CCTV at the Faith Acres site in a bid to deter any further criminal activity.
“The premises is lit by floodlights throughout the night and is secured by fencing and everything is locked, but obviously this hasn’t deterred the thieves.
“We will now be looking at getting CCTV installed and again, that’s money that will have to come out of the budget,” he added.
Police are investigating the theft and anyone with information is asked to call them on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.