A thief jammed a church door shut with a blade before making off with collection money.
The incident at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Wem happened on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “A church warden attempted to enter the building shortly before 10am only to find the front door jammed.
“Upon entering through another door, she saw a man inside the church and spoke to him.
“The front door had been jammed shut with a suspected bladed item, which the man grabbed from the warden as she attempted to remove it from the door.
“He then left the church with his bike, at which point the warden noticed the padlock to the collection tin had been broken and an unknown amount of money taken from within.”
The man is described as white, around 50 years old, 6ft tall, well built and of pale complexion.
He is further described as having balding hair and being clean shaven, wearing brown clothing and knee-length shorts with trainers.
Anyone with information – or anybody who may have noticed a man acting suspiciously in the area between 9am and 10am – is asked to call police on 101, or the anonymous Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 187s of May 31.