Residents of Easthaven are offering a 100 reward after a money box was stolen from the local coastal path.
The honesty box was used as a way of collecting money for people wanting to buy cold drinks and snacks while walking on the path.
The box had raised 575 for Mary’s Meals, a charity which provides meals for the world’s poorest children.
In a notice displayed in the village, East Haven Residents’ Association said there was a 100 reward for “information that will lead to the arrest of the person who came to our lovely village with the deliberate intention of cutting through the chain and stealing the cash box”.
It added: “There was not much money in the tin, as we empty it every couple of hours.
“However, the money was intended for Mary’s Meals.”
Residents hit out on social media at the theft the second one in two months.
One furious local said: “That is absolutely shocking!
“Myself and three of my friends have regularly walked Arbroath to Carnoustie throughout the summer.”
Another said: “This is just awful. Whoever has done this is just scum.”
The amount of money within the box was said to be small.
The sign, posted by the residents’ association, said: “If you are reading this and you are the person who felt desperate enough to carry out this act then you need help.
“Why not go to Citizens Advice or welfare rights?
“There must be another way of sorting out your problems than this.”
The association has since thanked the public for donations made to the box.
Ewan Smith, councillor for the area, said: “It is deplorable that anyone would consider taking anything like this.
“The people of Easthaven are fantastically forward thinking and work incredibly hard to make the village as attractive as possible.
“What they have achieved over the last 18 months is incredible.
“What I really hope is that this doesn’t dissuade the people of Easthaven from continuing the fantastic work they are doing to promote their village.”