Thieves stole a trolley full of food destined for Middleton Village Fete.
The crooks walked off with the 150 bread rolls, scones, butter, crisps, cakes and soft drinks which had just been bought by two members of the fete’s committee.
Volunteers had to spend just under £90 again to replace the stolen food ready for Sunday’s committee event. This will reduce the amount which will be donated to the two chosen charities.
Rosemary Phillips, a committee member, said: “The incident was very stressful for us.”
The crime occurred on Friday at Tesco in Shripney Road.
The volunteers bought the goods and decided to have a coffee in the in-store Costa.
All the storage lockers were full and they left the trolley in sight of their table in the coffee shop.
But the thieves were too quick and got away with the shopping before the volunteers went back to the trolley. The store’s CCTV does not cover the coffee shop.
The theft did not mar the fete. It was well attended in perfect weather and Jubilee Field looked colourful with classic cars, stalls, a car boot sale, crafts, barbecue and other attractions.