sick crook stole a charity tin after breaking in to a family-run village baker.
The yob smashed a glass panel to get inside John Wilson Bakery in Main Street, Lochwinnoch, in the early hours of Tuesday before making off with the donation jar.
Police said the 72-year-old owner locked up around 1pm on Monday and returned the following morning to find the place had been broken in to and the charity tin on the counter top gone.
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CCTV revealed a man walking away with the tin at around 4.30am on Tuesday.
Inspector Allan O’Hare, from Johnstone, Renfrew, and the villages community policing team, said: “Police are investigating a break-in at a bakery in Lochwinnoch’s Main Street in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“A glass panel was broken and a charity tin was removed from the premises.
“A male was observed walking away from the shop at around 4.30am.”
He added: “Although we believe this incident took pace in the early hours of the morning, it is possible there may have been dog walkers or night shift workers who may have information useful to our enquiry.
“I’d ask people in the area to think back if they observed anything suspicious.”
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.