Thief stole from a home­less char­ity

Bo­gus char­ity col­lec­tor struck dressed in suit

Ayrshire Post - - News - Sarah Hil­ley

A heart­less thief posed as a char­ity worker to pinch a home­less col­lec­tion tin.

T h e b a n d i t s t ruck at sand­wich shop Chez Fran­cis in Ayr while the take­away was packed with cus­tomers. Wear­ing a suit and wav­ing a lan­yard he told the worker he was “here to col­lect the tin.”

He fled with the cash box, which was sup­posed to go to home­less char­ity Seascape.

Seascape CEO Niven Ren­nie ( pic­tured) said: “Imag­ine steal­ing from the home­less. If some­one does this once they will likely strike again.” The alarm was trig­gered when Niven popped into the town cen­tre and no­ticed the can had dis­ap­peared.

Niven said: “I asked where the can was and she said some­body col­lected it from Seascape. I replied: “No they didn’t.”

The crime has been re­ported to the po­lice.

The theft took place a week past last Thurs­day on March 1 at about 1.30pm and the man was in his 30s. The amount is likely to be more

Imag­ine steal­ing from the home­less... they will likely strike again niven ren­nie

than £ 25.

Niven is con­cerned the man will tar­get other busi­nesses.

Chez Fran­cis staff have gen­er­ously made a do­na­tion to Seascape af­ter the sneaky grab.

The Seascape ser­vice helps find a range of ac­co­mo­da­tion for peo­ple in South Ayr­shire in­clud­ing emer­gency and tem­po­rary hous­ing.

Seascape is con­tracted by South Ayr­shire Coun­cil to pro­vide home­less and hous­ing sup­port ser­vices.

Safer Com­mu­ni­ties of­fi­cer Jamie Dun­lop said: “We can con­firm a theft was re­ported in re­la­tion to a char­ity tin at Chez Fran­cis. We would urge all busi­ness own­ers who dis­play such char­ity tins to con­firm any col­lec­tors have suit­able ID and check the de­tails.”

bo­gus Niven Ren­nie at the sand­wich shop where the thief struck

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