Thief targets charity donation boxes
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.
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.