You’re robbing the poor

Despair: Jackie and Avril survey the damage
Despair: Jackie and Avril survey the damage

ROOM 2, the social enterprise company which provides furniture for homeless people in and around Kirkcaldy, was broken into on Tuesday night.

Thieves smashed their way in through the High Street shop’s roof after climbing up the fire escape ladder, then broke the lock on an office door before stealing between £300-400 in cash and a mobile phone.

They left computers and other electrical equipment which was lying around, but smashed up filing cabinets and drawers before opening the back door and escaping.

Speaking to the Press on Wednesday morning, immediately after being informed of the break in by staff who turned up for work, Jackie Johnson and Avril Crossley who run Room 2 under the umbrella organisation Fife Women, said they had been left sickened by the theft.

“By the time we both arrived the police were already here.

‘‘We realised immediately that the cash and phone were gone from the office which had been locked, but we are not sure if anything else has been taken as there was electrical equipment lying around as well as our own personal possessions in drawers which we haven’t had time to check yet,” explained Jackie, (43).

“We don’t have a lot of money, and what we do have is to help train and employ people who have been out of work.

“Now the money will have to be used to repair the roof and the locks, because although we are insured there is an excess to be paid, so the people responsible for this are really stealing from the poor.”

Avril explained that one of the other social enterprises run by Fife Women, Radical Rubbish, at the former YWCA premises on the Esplanade, had been broken into last October.

“These people must realise they are stealing from a charity when they break in, so they really must have no conscience at all.”

All the money raised through selling the quality donated second hand furniture handed in by the public is used towards training and employment costs as well as the day to day running of the shop at 251 High Street.

Room 2 also provides starter packs for homeless organisations helping people to set up in a new home.

A Fife Police spokesman said: “We would ask anyone with any information to call us on 101 .’’

>> Donations of quality furniture and electrical goods are always welcomed by Room 2. Call (01592) 646749.klkl

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