Takeaway owner’s fury at charity bin thieves
£500 had been raised to boost childrens’ hospital
A Burnside Indian takeaway owner has called on police to catch the “scum” who stole money raised for a children’s charity.
Owner of Cafe India on Stonelaw Road, Mr Mohammed Ali, opened up his shop on Monday morning to discover nearly £500 had been taken from a bucket under the main counter.
According to Mr Ali, a thief broke in through the back window of the takeaway with a crowbar to gain entry.
And during the break in on Sunday evening, which is not the first time they have been targeted, the culprits not only smashed open the window at the back of the shop, but damaged the front counter and camera system as well as leaving a mess of paper work scattered.
“Some scum broke into the shop last night [Sunday],” Mr Ali said.
“They broke the window at the back of the shop, it looks like they used a crowbar and just got through that way.
“There was nearly £500 in there. The same thing happened last year too when someone came in and stole the charity box sitting on the counter.
“It seems as though every time we do something for charity, something like this happens. “All our hard work is for nothing. “They’ve made a lot of mess. The till was lying open, paperwork was everywhere there was damage to the counter and to the camera system we have here.”
Cafe India were selling pakora and held raffles to raise money for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
Many businesses and customers contributed to the cause which would have went towards enhanced equipment and services to ensure that all patients received the best possible care.
“We held raffles and lots of the local shops got involved as well as all the customers and staff,” Mr Ali continued.
“The thing was, I was actually going to take the money to them the day before the robbery, but I thought I’d leave it to the next day and look what has happened.”
Rutherglen Police are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Devastated Mr Ali cleans up the mess left by a thief