Thieves who ransacked a South Tyneside deli stealing tins collecting cash for baby boy battling a genetic disorder have been branded scum by his grandfather.
Joe Lovely says he has been left sickened at news of the break-in at Bon Appetit in Wenlock Road, Simonside, at the weekend.
We are all trying our best to raise funds for Joseph so for someone to come in and steal tins with cash for a baby boy - it’s a disgrace.Joe Lovely
As well as ransacking the place and stealing the till’s float, thieves also stole collection tins for a charity and for little Joseph Lovely.
The one-year-old was born with cystic fibrosis and has spent his short life in and out of hospital.
His family are currently trying to raise £7,000 to help pay for a special inflatable vibrating vest which would help make breathing easier for him.
Grandfather Mr Lovely said: “It’s disgraceful. I can’t believe someone has done that. There’s nothing in that shop, it’s a food shop.
“There are no words, it’s just terrible.
“We are all trying our best to raise funds for Joseph so for someone to come in and steal tins with cash for a baby boy - it’s a disgrace.
“It’s such a lot of money for us to raise, so every penny collected does help.”
The break-in to the delicatessen was discovered by workers when they went to open the shop on Saturday morning.
A shutter had been smashed open on the front door.
Stan Yannetta whose daughters work at the shop and was called to help, said: “I got a phonecall from one of my daughters saying they had been broken into and could I come down.
“When I got there the shutter had been broken open and inside the shop was a mess.
“They had been in all the cupboards and taken the collections tins. They were found empty nearby.”
A sign on the shop over the weekend said it would be open for business on Monday.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Joseph Lovely’s fund visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joe-lovely