The owner of a burger van in Dundee returned from a weekend off to find thieves had stolen a charity box after breaking into her snack bar.
The culprits also made off with sweets, leaving behind sugar which she described as being “in lines as if it was cocaine”.
Sue Slamond, who owns Mamma Sue’s burger van, based on Mid Craigie Road, spent the weekend celebrating her forthcoming wedding.
However, the 49-year-old’s happy mood was turned on its head when she found that her van had been broken into.
Sue, who lives in Broughty Ferry, said she believed youngsters were behind the break-in because they had left “lines” of sugar on the counter and stolen sweets and biscuits.
She added: “I closed at 11.30am on Saturday because I had friends coming up for my hen weekend.
“I went back on Monday morning to pick up the stock list and I saw that someone had forced the door open.
“I think it’s most likely that young people were responsible because they had left sugar lying on the counter in lines as if it was cocaine.
“They took crisps, biscuits and sweets – I don’t know what else they had been into.
“They took the charity money, which was to help children out but they left all the coppers behind.
“My customers are brilliant – they always donate some change and I put all my tips in there too.
“It was nearly full so there would have been a good amount of money for the charity.
“That is the worst thing about this – it is just shocking that someone would steal charity money like that.”
Sue said she was mostly upset that the thieves had targeted the charity box money.
She added: “If it was my children doing something like that then I would be disgusted.”
Sue said she also fears a repeat of the incident – owing to similar incidents having happened around the area in the past.
She added: “I just want to get the word out about this and warn other vendors because I would hate to see it happen again.”
Sue said she was forced to replace the van’s entire stock because she did not know how much of it was contaminated by the thieves.
She added: “They had opened the salad bar and stuff like that – I just can’t take the risk.
“I don’t know what they have touched so everything needs to go.”
However, Sue remains hopeful that police will be able to trace the culprits because the area is covered by CCTV.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident and will be making inquiries.”