Leyland Market staff have spoken of their anger after a thief took a charity box from the cafe’s counter.
Police have released CCTV footage of the man they are hunting after the full charity box was taken from Café Noir inside the market at around 4.15pm on Friday, March 21.
Cafe manager Gareth Roberts said: “The charity box had been there for about five months and it was full up.
“I don’t know how much money was in there, maybe about £30, but that’s not the point.
“It’s a very nasty thing to do, and we are annoyed this has happened.”
The money raised was set to be donated to a charity which offers support for children born with ichthyosis, a condition which makes skin dry, thickened, scaly or flaky.
Mr Roberts added: “One of our staff members organised for the charity box to be placed in the market because her brother was born with ichthyosis, and people had been donating for months.”
Staff had seen a man ‘hanging around’ the counter area and when their backs were turned, the thief grabbed the charity box and walked away.
Police are now appealing for anybody who recognises the man to come forward with information.
If you have any details, call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.