HEARTLESS burglars broke into a Rubery butchers’ shop and stole its whole meat stock, steak knives, the tills and even emptied three charity collection tins.
The incident happened between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Thursday at W and J Mason, New Road.
CCTV showed the raiders taking an hour at the back of the premises, near the Father’s Barn, to smash their way in.
They then took thousands of pounds worth of meat and all the cash they could find.
It comes just weeks before Christmas, the busiest time of the year for the family-run business which employs four butchers.
Among them is owner Bill Mason who told The Standard: “We have been in the village for 45 years and have never had anything like this happen before.
“We cannot believe this has happened to us – it’s the lowest of the low.”
He added the reaction of local residents was also one of shock and had been very humbling.
“The community has been absolutely fantastic – both people coming into the shop to speak to us and on Facebook.
“We have had some lovely comments on the Rubery’s Community Group.
“It shows that the majority of people here in Rubery and South Birmingham are lovely, hard-working people.
“Some even told us to just ‘keep the money they had paid towards their Christmas club’ to help cover the loss.”
Witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.