A heartless thief made off with €1,500 after destroying a St Vincent de Paul shop in Cabra, North Dublin on Wednesday night.
The break-in occurred at roughly 10.15PM on Wednesday and lasted around three minutes, according to Herald.ie.
Along with stripping the shop of cash, the thief also stole the shop's safe and caused €3,000 worth of damage.
The shop's daily cash would normally have been taken to the bank throughout the day but due to an influx of donations and sales on the day in the lead-up to Christmas, staff didn't have time to take a trip to the bank.
Included in the stolen cash were donations from the fundraising efforts of children from local schools – all money intended for those less fortunate struggling during the Christmas period.
This thief is the real Grinch who stole Christmas.
Vincent's shop is located on Annamoe Road, Cabra.
Staff say that the losses caused by the robbery will affect an estimated 40 families – horrific. The burglary could not have come at a worse time for the charity as this is their busiest time of year.
What a cruel, cruel thing to do.
If you're looking to do some good this Christmas why not visit the hard-working staff of Vincent's in Cabra – see if they need a hand, make a donation, buy some Christmas gifts in-store or make a donation to the St Vincent de Paul here.
Or, alternatively, sign-up to donate food to a family here for Christmas.