Staff at a Lincoln homelessness charity say they are devastated after a van was stolen following a break-in at their warehouse on Monks Way in the city.
Lincolnshire YMCA and the Nomad Trust reported the theft of the 3.5 tonne blue Renault Master van in the early hours of Thursday, February 12.
The van was used to collect and deliver items to the Nomad Trust charity shop on Sincil Street in Lincoln.
“It’s a great shame that we have been compromised in such a dreadful way,” said Malcolm Barham, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire YMCA.
“Clearly this setback is going to have a great impact on the operation of the charity shop which contributes to our fundraising efforts and the support that we provide to members of our local community.”
The furniture and electronics units at the charity’s warehouse, where the keys to the van were kept, were raided.
The van, which has a white Nomad Trust logo and large white text, was driven through the metal shutters, causing hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage as a result.
Malcolm Barham added: “Because of recent cuts to our funding it will be a struggle for us to replace the van and repair the damage to the warehouse shutter. We need the support of the public to help us find our van, and to consider supporting us with donations to get us back on our feet.”
Lincolnshire Police have launched an investigation and are trying to track down the stolen vehicle.
If you have any information in relation to the stolen van please call the police on 101 quoting incident number 53 of February 12 2015.
Donations can be made via the Lincolnshire YMCA and Nomad Trust JustGiving page, or dropped off at the charity shop on Sincil Street.