Thief stole from a homeless charity
Bogus charity collector struck dressed in suit
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
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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