A Courtenay charity was hit by thieves overnight and was literally left picking up the pieces Tuesday morning.

Workers at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Courtenay were picking up the shattered glass from a front door that had been smashed in by a thief or thieves overnight.

The mess was found by staff when they opened for business Tuesday morning.

It appears the culprits were after a large plastic donation box shaped like a house, that was sitting on a stand by the front counter.

It was gone and the stand was found lying by the front door.

The donation box had contained about $200 in coins, bills, and Canadian Tire money.

“It’s really sad to see that someone was that desperate that they’re not even thinking about where they’re getting the money,” said Courtenay Re-Store General Manager Debbie Bowman. “It is really sad and it’s sad for us because we work really hard for what we do and it’s not easy being a non-profit so every little bit that we lose really hurts us.”

RCMP were at the scene Tuesday morning and will be going over surveillance video taken right over where the smash-and-grab took place.

Dean Stoltz