Take­away owner’s fury at char­ity bin thieves

£500 had been raised to boost chil­drens’ hospi­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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