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AN EA­GLE- EYED mum has dobbed in her daugh­ter af­ter spot­ting video of her steal­ing a char­ity tin on so­cial me­dia.

Two girls were caught on CCTV steal­ing two char­ity tins from the Mount Louisa Red Rooster store this week.

Fran­chisee Michael Jones posted the video on so­cial me­dia, hop­ing to iden­tify the light- fin­gered thieves.

The post was widely shared and reached the Face­book feed of a woman who no­ticed one of the girls was her daugh­ter.

The mum con­tacted Mr Jones to apol­o­gise and pledged her daugh­ter would re­turn the money and make a do­na­tion to the char­ity, The Cure Starts Now.

TWO girls caught on cam­era steal­ing chil­dren’s char­ity tins would have got away with it, if not for so­cial me­dia and one of their moth­ers.

The fran­chisee at Red Rooster in Mount Louisa, Michael Jones, no­ticed on Wed­nes­day two tins col­lect­ing money for The Cure Starts Now char­ity had dis­ap­peared.

When he looked through CCTV footage at the store he saw two girls tak­ing the tins about 6.23pm on Tues­day.

He posted the video to a pop­u­lar Townsville so­cial me­dia page which high­lights crime in the com­mu­nity, hop­ing to iden­tify the girls.

“The staff were serv­ing drive- through cus­tomers when they stole the two tins,” he said.

The video was spread widely on so­cial me­dia and the mother of one of the girls spot­ted her daugh­ter on a Face­book post.

Mr Jones said yes­ter­day the woman called the store to apol­o­gise.

“She was hor­ri­fied and said she would get them to come into the store and make a for­mal apol­ogy,” he said.

“They will also make a do­na­tion to the char­ity.”

Mr Jones said he with­drew a for­mal com­plaint with po­lice fol­low­ing the intervention of the mother.

A Townsville po­lice spokesman con­firmed no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken.

Mr Jones said it was a shame the girls had re­sorted to steal­ing from a char­ity.

The money was to go to- wards fund­ing re­search into ag­gres­sive pae­di­atric brain tu­mours.

The Cure Starts Now is a Townsville- based char­ity started by Ren Ped­er­sen af­ter he lost his nine- year- old daugh­ter Amy to brain cancer in 2009. He said brain tu­mours killed more chil­dren than any other dis­ease and his char­ity li­aised with top re­searchers from around the coun­try.

“We cher­ish the good­will of peo­ple like Michael for al­low­ing us to use his counter,” he said. “And lo and be­hold some­one with hot fin­gers comes along. Iron­i­cally, the fam­i­lies could ben­e­fit from some of the work we’re do­ing.”

When told the money would be re­turned, Mr Ped­er­sen said he was grate­ful to the mother for her intervention. “It’s good that the mother has put her hand up. Let’s face it, many in the com- mu­nity would be ask­ing where are the par­ents,” he said. “Aus­tralia was founded on con­vict rec­om­penses and if they re­alise the stu­pid­ity of their ac­tions that’s a good thing.”

To find out more about the char­ity visit the­curestart­

NOT AMUSED: Red Rooster fran­chisee Michael Jones had two char­ity tins stolen from his store. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

BUSTED: Still images from CCTV footage show two girls tak­ing the char­ity tins from the counter of the Mount Louisa Red Rooster store.

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