VOLUNTEER Mick Christian knew something was wrong as soon as he walked through the doors of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Op Shop on Wednesday morning.

Sale items had been shifted, glasses were broken and most noticeably, a large red and yellow wishing well - with an estimated $200-300 in donations - was missing.

A donation tin and small amount of jewellery had also been swiped from the counter.

The theft from the South Grafton store occurred sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Mr Christian, one of the shop's co-ordinators, said he believed the offender/s had entered via the roller door at the front of the shop.

"They must have had a remote that scanned the frequency of our system," he said.

"The other doors have all got deadbolts on them.

"It's a pretty low act when they're taking from the services of the helicopter."

The wishing well in particular would have required some heavy lifting to get it out of the second-hand store, he said.

It had only been emptied twice in three years and was due to be emptied again in coming weeks.

Mr Christian said he was unsure whether the wishing well would be replaced, noting it was sad the shop had been forced to step up its security measures.

"It's pretty bad when they've got to start stealing from charity," he said.

"I hope they can catch the culprit."

Anyone with information about this incident has been asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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