A Cessnock op shop that raises money for women escaping domestic violence was targeted by thieves over the weekend.
A storage shed at the back of the ADRA Op Shop was broken into some time between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
Volunteers say it’s the fourth time in two years the Vincent Street store been targeted by thieves.
The op shop raises money for South Lakes Women’s Refuge.
“As a charity we can’t afford CCTV,” volunteer Sam Wilson said.
“We’re all volunteers, and all of the money we make goes to the women’s refuge.”
Mr Wilson said volunteers spend most Monday mornings dealing with the aftermath of anti-social behaviour – including cleaning up human faeces – at the back of the store.
But the latest robbery is a new low.
“How low do you have to go, to steal from a charity?” Mr Wilson said.
An antique chair that is part of a pair of ‘king and queen’ chairs was among the items that were stolen.
The thieves only managed to get away with the ‘queen’ – the king (pictured) remains at the store.
Mr Wilson is hoping someone out in the community may have seen the missing chair.
“It’s not the type of chair you are going to find in everyone’s loungeroom,” he said.
Two dressing mirrors, four oil heaters and a trolley were also stolen.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.