A brazen thief has stolen a charity tin from a cafe in Aberdeen.
The theft was from Sweet Mumma’s Kitchen on Palmerston Road, and a police investigation is under way.
It is not known how much money was in the tin, which was collecting funds for the Cornerstone charity.
Cornerstone provides services for adults and children with learning disabilities.
Liz Cairns, who has kept the tin at her cafe since October, today spoke of her shock, calling the incident “outrageous”.
She said: “It’s bad enough stealing from a shop, but to steal from charity is outrageous.
“The incident is more disappointing because someone has thought to steal it.
“We don’t have any idea how much money was in the charity tin. But every little bit helps with charity – it doesn’t have to be lots of money.
“We have had one customer who has given books to help with any donations.”
The cafe’s customers have rallied to show support, with money already pledged, as well as items donated to be sold to raise more cash.
Liz added: “We had one customer getting in contact to say they were disappointed to hear about the theft and asking about giving us a donation of £25 to kick-start it again.
“It’s the only charity box we have ever had in the shop.”
Lisa Duthie, director of corporate relations and fundraising at Cornerstone, said the charity was “shocked and disappointed”.
But she added: “It is lovely that people have offered donations to make up for the money lost, and we are extremely grateful for this fantastic show of community spirit.
“We are now assisting the police in any way we can with their investigations and are unable to comment further at this time.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said the incident had been reported to the force.
She said: “It happened on March 22 between noon and 2.45pm. It involved a charity box with an unknown sum of cash.”