HEARTLESS crooks broke in to a city centre pub and stole cash for charity.

The thieves are thought to have got in to O'Neill's pub in Merchant City this morning and made off with four donation tins collecting cash for the Celtic FC foundation.

The venue was also damaged during the raid but nobody was injured.

The money, which was in tins secured to the bar, had been donated by hundreds of kind-hearted pub goers celebrating Patrick's Day over the weekend.

Pub owners estimate hundreds of pounds could have been taken in the four containers, and are appealing directly for help to catch the culprits.

Police are now investigating the robbery, and confirmed they received a report of a break-in around 2.25am today.

A spokeswoman said: " We are conducting enquiries.

" In the early hours of this morning, March 20, we received a report of a break in at O'Neill's pub

"Enquiries are continuing."