Thief tar­gets char­ity do­na­tion boxes

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Staff at the Body Shop are dis­gusted af­ter a thief stole their char­ity do­na­tion box last week.

A man went into the St Lukes store last Thurs­day night and took the box from the counter while a worker’s back was turned.

The of­fender said he had left his wal­let in the shop and asked the mem­ber of staff, who was work­ing alone, to look out the back for it.

When she re­turned, the man and the money were gone.

The do­na­tion box was to raise money for or­phans and the res­cue ef­fort in cy­clone rav­aged Burma.

While it only con­tained around $40, store man­ager Con­nie Prins says the theft is dev­as­tat­ing.

“That amount of money doesn’t go a long way here but when you con­sider $7 is enough money to give 100 kids wa­ter for a day, it’s a lot,” she says.

“It’s just low to steal from char­ity.”

The theft hap­pened at about 7.30pm on Thurs­day night.

Two staff mem­bers were work­ing but as­sis­tant man­ager Hali Pur­cell had gone away for a 10-minute break when the theft oc­curred.

She says the of­fender must have been watch­ing and would have waited for some­one to leave be­fore go­ing in.

“I just can­not un­der­stand why some­one would steal the char­ity box and not reach over for the till,” she says.

“I was so an­gry I was run­ning around the mall try­ing to find him but I had no luck.”

A sim­i­lar theft also hap­pened at the Body Shop in Lyn­nMall two weeks ago.

The Body Shop sup­ports Chil­dren on the Edge, a char­ity which helps marginalised and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren around the world.

The do­na­tions from the St Lukes shop would have gone to­wards tools for schools and sweet dreams pro­grammes, which pro­vide food, wa­ter, shel­ter, bed­ding and ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren.

Ms Prins says the store ap­pre­ci­ated the do­na­tions from cus­tomers.

“We are all ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a bit of a slump and the coun­try’s in a re­ces­sion,” she says.

“But peo­ple were giv­ing their hard-earned money and to just have it taken is so sad.”

Ms Prins says she would like to see the money re­turned to the char­ity bank ac­count.

Money for Chil­dren on the Edge can be do­nated into ac­count 06 0507 0099 900 00 at any Na­tional Bank.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

In shock: Body Shop St Lukes as­sis­tant man­ager Hali Pur­cell, left, and man­ager Con­nie Prins were hor­ri­fied to find a thief had taken off with their char­ity do­na­tions box.

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