Ap­palled by theft

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Monique Freer

Vol­un­teers at Red Cross Be­nalla have been left reel­ing af­ter two items were al­legedly stolen from an up­com­ing raf­fle.

Red Cross Be­nalla man­ager Ann Bai­ley said a casse­role dish and box of soaps — both wrapped in cel­lo­phane and rib­bon — were taken from a ta­ble in­side the store that fea­tured seven items avail­able in an up­com­ing raf­fle.

‘‘I just can’t be­lieve some­one would take them from a raf­fle ta­ble,’’ Ms Bai­ley said.

‘‘It’s not a lot of money, but that’s not the point — I’m just dis­ap­pointed they did it.’’

Ms Bai­ley said the op­por­tu­nity store was hold­ing a raf­fle each month, with new and un­used items do­nated from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It de­prives us of money that I’m rais­ing to go back into the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially now that we are com­ing into win­ter,’’ she said.

The op­por­tu­nity shop is staffed by vol­un­teers, two of whom were work­ing at the time.

Ms Bai­ley said two women were in the Car­rier St store when the items were al­legedly stolen.

The raf­fle items have since been moved out of reach of the pub­lic, and Ms Bai­ley said they were hav­ing to add ex­tra items to the raf­fle to make it sub­stan­tial.

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