Police hunt charity box thieves

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 15:17 22/01/2013
Charity thieves
BRAZEN: A CCTV image released by police of the alleged theft of a charity donation box from a Hastings service station.

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Hawke's Bay police have released footage of two people stealing a charity donation box from a Hastings service station in the hope of nabbing the ''the lowest of the low'' pair.

Security camera footage from the Z service station in Heretaunga St, Hastings, shows the pair approaching the counter and asking to buy cigarettes.

While the attendant turned around to get the cigarettes, one of the pair takes the charity donation box off the counter and stuffs it inside his hoodie.

He stands behind the first person, adjusting the charity box inside his hoodie even while his accomplice continues the transaction to buy the cigarettes. The thief then walks out of the service station, quickly followed by his accomplice.

Hawke's Bay Tactical co-ordinator Inspector Andy Sloan said the theft was brazen and disgraceful.

"Stealing a charity donation box is the lowest of the low.  You can't go much lower than that and these people obviously have no scruples or morals whatsoever.  Apart from depriving a worthy charity of useful donations, they have no qualms about committing a theft in broad daylight, in public and with other people nearby," Mr Sloan said.

The donation box was for Riding for the Disabled and it was not known how much money was inside it.  The theft occurred on January 11.

Mr Sloan said the security camera footage was very clear and police hoped someone may be able to identify the two people.  Anyone with information should contact Constable Lyndon Large at Hawke's Bay Police on 06 831 0700.

Contact Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: marty.sharpe@dompost.co.nz

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