Thugs scaled a wall to smash up a well-known Sheffield charity’s minibus and steal its sliding doors in a bizarre theft.
CCTV footage from a nearby store captured the intruders dragging the doors back over the wall and then loading them into a white van which appears at the scene on Queens Road, Highfield.
The attack means charity St Wilfrid’s is without transport to take the homeless and vulnerable people it helps to work on allotments or other trips.
Kevin Bradley, director of the centre, was shocked to find the damage when he arrived at work.
He said: “They’ve climbed up the fence of the yard we lock the minibus in and stolen the sliding doors from the passenger side.
“All of the windows have been smashed, it is a dreadful mess, and there is glass all over the pavement.
“This has obviously been stolen to order.”
Police were informed of the incident, which the CCTV from a nearby store, seen by Kevin, has shown happened at around 7.39pm on Tuesday.
The white van appeared at around 7.54pm before the criminals fled with the doors from the minibus.
Kevin said: “The police have said that because it is a minibus there is no point doing forensics, it will have so many fingerprints on it.
“I am going to have to go down the insurance route but this has taken us off the road.
“We won’t be able to take our groups up to the allotment that they work on or on health walks in Derbyshire.
“They’ve also got a residential weekend coming up in a couple of weeks.”
South Yorkshire Police said they were investigating the theft.
A spokesman said: “At some time during the evening of Tuesday February 24, persons unknown entered the yard of St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queens Road and damaged a van that was parked at the premises.
“The suspect or suspects are also reported to have removed the sliding door from the van before fleeing the scene.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
n Witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number K/18126/2015.