CHARITY THIEFS STRIKE VINNIES
Vinnies staff shocked by ‘desperate’ theft of goods and donation box
THE sight of a fire extinguisher lying on its side near the door was the moment Rhonda Green realised St Vincent de Paul Society’s shop in Childers had been broken into.
“I came to open the shop in the morning and saw a few things on the floor when I got in,” she said.
“There was a screwdriver on the floor and I didn’t think too much of it, but once I saw the fire extinguisher I knew something was wrong.”
She stepped over items lying on the ground to the main area of the Churchill St store, careful not to touch anything before police arrived.
Several coat hangers littered the floor, the jewellery stand was emptied, pious objects were missing and the charity box was gone.
St Vincent de Paul’s Faye Wilkes-Johnson and Audrey Messenger were heartbroken to find their store the way it was.
They said it was the first time in years something like this had happened and Mrs Wilkes-Johnson could not understand how anyone could steal from the store.
“They must’ve been really desperate,” Mrs Wilkes-Johnson said.
“We don’t keep any money on premises and there usually isn’t too much in the pall box. We empty it regularly.
“They’ve taken the jewellery from the counter and gone through a few boxes. I guess they probably just wanted to see what they could get.”
The extent of the losses is still unknown, although they were lucky to find the safe and laptop were untouched.
The trio were even happier to learn the Christmas presents they had set aside weren’t stolen.
The St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers were not deterred by the events, trading less than 24 hours after the discovery.
St Vincent de Paul Society’s Faye Wilkes-Johnson
They must’ve been really desperate...
HEARTBROKEN: Rhonda Green, Audrey Messenger and Faye Wilkes-Johnson at the shop.