Thief hits copter charity
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.