Thief hits copter char­ity

Central Leader - - News -

A THIEF pos­ing as a col­lec­tor for the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter Trust may be knock­ing door to door around Auck­land.

Res­i­dents are warned to be on their guard and check the cre­den­tials of any­one claim­ing to be fundrais­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Trust fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager spokesman John Hooper says the warn­ing comes af­ter a bona fide col­lec­tor had his ve­hi­cle stolen in Swan­son on Tues­day.

In­side the car were sev­eral hun­dred dol­lars worth of do­na­tions, a mo­bile phone and of­fi­cial re­ceipt books.

Mr Hooper fears the cul­prit may now try to use the re­ceipt books to col­lect more money from un­sus­pect­ing donors.

“It’s im­por­tant to note that we al­ways pre­ar­range dona- tions, so we don’t do ran­dom door-knock­ing,” he says.

“Our col­lec­tors David, John, Gra­ham and Kim all have photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion but if any­body has any con­cerns re­gard­ing a fundrais­ing ap­proach they can call 9507250 for clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

“They should also call po­lice if they have gen­uine doubts about the au­then­tic­ity of ap­proach.”

Mr Hooper says the stolen car is a green 416 Rover sedan with MG Rover NZ Ltd branded on the doors.

He says its driver was vis­it­ing a donor when the theft occurred.

“He’d parked at the neigh­bour­ing ad­dress, knocked on door and had been in­vited in­side,” he says. “He was chat­ting with our sup­porter when the car was stolen.

“The ve­hi­cle is pro­vided free of charge by MG Rover NZ Ltd of Avon­dale.”

Mr Hooper says the he­li­copter has at­tended 20 res­cue jobs over the past two weeks and is work­ing through one of the busiest pe­ri­ods in its his­tory.

“Nei­ther the trust nor our sup­port­ers need some mon­grel steal­ing badly needed funds that have come about through lo­cal res­i­dents part­ing with their hard earned cash,” he says.

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