Thieves stole money from a charity collection box outside a church’s nativity scene reportedly on Christmas Eve.
Members of the Swansea Unitarian Church have appealed for information after they found their locked box tampered with in the days after Christmas, and said they believe the theft happened on 24 December.
The church sets up a crib scene every year and asks for donations, which it then gives to a local charity.
Lynn Evans, chairperson of the church, said: “We’ve been raising money for local charities through our Christmas crib appeal every Christmas for decades and were very sad to discover the theft, which we think took place on Christmas Eve.
“This year we are supporting Matthew’s House based on Swansea High Street, a charity supporting homeless people. We are determined not to be defeated by this, and to turn this negative event into a positive.”
The money had not been counted, but a JustGiving appeal to replace it has totalled more than £250.
The flagstones next to the box were also damaged.
The damage wasn’t discovered until Friday, when a dance group arrived to use the building.
The matter has been reported to police and Sky News has contacted South Wales Police for a comment.