Hastings charity box theft despicable

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Hawke's Bay police have released security camera footage of two men they allege stole a charity donation box from a petrol station.

Hawke's Bay Tactical Co-ordinator Inspector Andy Sloan said the theft was brazen, disgraceful and the "lowest of the low".

Security camera footage from the service station in Heretaunga St, Hastings, shows two people approaching the counter and asking to buy cigarettes. While the attendant turns around to get the cigarettes, one of the pair takes the charity donation box off the counter and stuffs it inside his hoodie.

He stands behind the first person, adjusting the charity box inside his hoodie even while his accomplice continues the transaction to buy the cigarettes.

The thief then walks out of the service station, quickly followed by his accomplice.

"Stealing a charity donation box is the lowest of the low," Mr Sloan said. "You can't go much lower than that and these people obviously have no scruples or morals whatsoever.

"Apart from depriving a worthy charity of useful donations, they have no qualms about committing a theft in broad daylight, in public and with other people nearby."

The donation box was for the Riding for the Disabled and it was not known how much money was inside. The theft occurred on January 11.

Anyone with information should contact Constable Lyndon Large at Hawke's Bay Police on 06 831 0700. Information can also be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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