A garage owner in Ferring has been left “speechless” after thieves stole a car which was being used for a charity competition.
The Mini was found nearby at Ferring Football Club’s playing field, in Greystoke Road, on Thursday (October 11), totally stripped of parts.
It was taken from the forecourt of Gem UK Garage, Ferringham Lane, Ferring, during the night.
Garage owner Suria Kanthan said he had spent thousands restoring the car and was using it to raise money for St Barnabas House hospice.
He said: “It’s absolutely frustrating, I’m speechless.
“We were running a competition to guess the number of balloons inside, with people donating for the chance to win a curry night and bottle of wine.
“I don’t know how anyone could do that.”
Ferring Football Club and community centre chairman, Deane Culver, explained that the thieves had gained access to the field by breaking down a fence with a drain cover.
He said:“It’s been completely stripped of parts, they’ve taken everything apart from the engine.
“I’m lost for words and I’m gutted for the garage.”
The competition will still run, despite the theft.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the car or anything suspicious in the area between 7pm on Wednesday and 7.30am on Thursday to contact them on 101, quoting serial 0186