Bur­glar steals char­ity shop’s do­na­tion box

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Find­ing glass strewn across the floor and a money do­na­tion box taken has shocked the man­ager of the Toko­roa SPCA Op Shop.

Sue Van Or­souw said she couldn’t be­lieve the scene in front of her when she turned up to work on June 1 to find the char­ity shop had been bur­gled.

‘‘They had just kicked in the glass door and made a hole big enough to get in and take a small square per­spex do­na­tion box which was sit­ting on the counter. There was glass for miles and I got a bit of a shock,’’ she said.

‘‘We are vol­un­teers and we work re­ally hard to raise money for these an­i­mals that are ne­glected, aban­doned and abused and we need every penny we can get.’’

‘‘To think some­one thinks it’s okay to smash the door and steal do­na­tions that peo­ple have kindly made, I think that is pretty low. It is just about as low as steal­ing off your fam­ily,’’ she said.

Van Or­souw said blood was left at the scene and she be­lieves the cul­prit was some­one who had been drink­ing at the bar across the road.

‘‘It was the morn­ing af­ter the first 2017 State of Ori­gin game and af­ter pre­vi­ous State of Ori­gin games there has been smash­ing of win­dows around town,’’ she said.

‘‘We are just a char­ity, we can’t af­ford CCTV, so we want the coun­cil to hurry up and get its cam­eras up and run­ning be­cause we could have seen who did it.’’

‘‘They left a trail of blood and fin­ger­prints. There was a drop on the counter and three drops in the door­way so po­lice have taken sam­ples to hope­fully catch who­ever did this.’’

She said around $40 to $50 was taken but the dam­age caused had cost a lot more.

‘‘It is cost­ing us a lot of money to get the glass fixed. We have to work a week to re­place that glass which could have gone to­wards the an­i­mals and we lost a day’s tak­ings as well be­cause we could not open,’’ she said.

‘‘We do still have a do­na­tion box but we won’t be leav­ing one on the counter any­more.’’

Toko­roa Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Henderson en­cour­aged any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the bur­glary to get in touch.

‘‘We are wait­ing on foren­sics to get back to us about the blood but if any­one has in­for­ma­tion call us at the sta­tion on 885 0100 or al­ter­na­tively via the anony­mous Crimestop­pers line on 0800 555 111,’’ he said.


Toko­roa SPCA Op Shop man­ager Sue Van Or­souw by the shop door which was smashed.

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