Cal­lous thieves tar­get char­ity cloth­ing bins

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Sick thieves are steal­ing from char­i­ties by tar­get­ing clothes banks in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Ruther­glen Po­lice have con­firmed they are aware of at least two in­ci­dents in the past six weeks where clothes have been stolen from the banks.

Th­ese oc­curred at the Tesco stores in Dal­marnock Road and on Stonelaw Road in Burn­side.

The cloth­ing within the banks were do­nated anony­mously and was to be used by the char­i­ties to make a dif­fer­ence to the poor.

An au­tho­rised company emp­ties the cloth­ing banks

on a reg­u­lar ba­sis by an au­tho­rised company.

How­ever, on two oc­ca­sions the driver opened the fa­cil­ity to find the locks had been re­moved and the banks had been emp­tied by thieves.

Ruther­glen Po­lice are now ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant if they see peo­ple act­ing sus­pi­ciously at cloth­ing banks.

They are also warn­ing peo­ple donat­ing clothes to not leave bags ly­ing be­side the banks if it is jammed by a du­vet cover or other means as this is one method used by thieves to ob­tain cloth­ing.

In­stead, res­i­dents are be­ing urged to use a dif­fer­ent clothes bank or go back at a dif­fer­ent time.

PC Richard Sam­son of Ruther­glen Po­lice said “We are ap­peal­ing for help from the peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties to no­tify us if they sus­pect that th­ese cloth­ing banks are be­ing il­le­gally emp­tied or in­ter­fered with.

“Please call us on 101 and re­port im­me­di­ately. We will be con­tact­ing the rel­e­vant com­pa­nies in­volved to dis­cuss the im­prove­ment of se­cu­rity mea­sures around th­ese banks and how we can com­bat this is­sue”.

The Sal­va­tion Army op­er­ate a clothes bank at the Tesco in Burn­side.

They said they were un­aware of any in­ci­dent but Tony Hosking, Head of Cloth­ing Col­lec­tion, The Sal­va­tion Army Trad­ing Company Ltd, added: “Our large net­work in­cludes over 6,500 cloth­ing banks across the UK and theft is thank­fully a rare is­sue for us.

“We have not had any in­ci­dents re­ported to us in the town but it’s nonethe­less dis­ap­point­ing to hear that cloth­ing banks in the Cam­bus­lang area are be­ing tar­geted by thieves given the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic who do­nate their items to help the highly val­ued work of The Sal­va­tion Army.

“It is im­por­tant that our part­ners and the pub­lic are re­as­sured of the safety and se­cu­rity of our cloth­ing banks; our spe­cial­ist se­cu­rity part­ner, Crime De­ter, helps pro­vides in­tel­li­genceled se­cu­rity so­lu­tions, spe­cial­ist equip­ment and works closely with the po­lice to help catch those re­spon­si­ble.”

James Kelly MSP was dis­gusted at the crimes, say­ing: “It’s pretty de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­iour that peo­ple are pre­pared to break into clothes banks which have been set up to help the needy in the area.

“I hope the po­lice are able to track down the peo­ple who are car­ry­ing this out and bring them to jus­tice. I urge the pub­lic to co-op­er­ate with the po­lice on this mat­ter.”

The two known in­ci­dents oc­curred on Septem­ber 24 at the Tesco on Dal­marnock Road and Oc­to­ber 2 at the Tesco in Stonelaw Road.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to any­one who might have seen this hap­pen, may have noted ve­hi­cle de­tails or who can pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this mat­ter to con­tact us on 101 or Crime Stop­pers on 0800 555 111.

TheftLo­cals are be­ing warned to be vig­i­lant after th­ese clothes banks in Burn­side were tar­geted by thieves

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