A man who stole three charity collection tins and a charity box in Horsham has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Kieran Blunden, 33, of no fixed address, broke in to The Conservatory Cafe in North Street around 11.30pm on Monday, 13 May and stole the tins.
Blunden, who is unemployed, then took a box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street the following day.
Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene of the cafe, and police said witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area when the offence took place.
Police said a PCSO on patrol then spotted Blunden the following evening with cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.
Dave Bell, Investigations Supervisor, said:
“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.
“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the cafe owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”
Blunden was also ordered to pay £50 in compensation costs.