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Charity box stolen from shop
A WEYMOUTH shop owner has hit out against the thief who stole a charity box from her premises.
Fiona Adams, owner of Waffle On, kept the collection box on the counter of the Trinity Road business before it was taken.
It was a bright pink charity box which containing funds for LUCY Air Ambulance for Children charity.
The frustrated shop owner said: “My main concern is that this person has taken away from a charity.”
She added: “A guy came in asking to borrow a pen and I handed it to him and then he left.
“He later returned for a coffee but didn’t have enough money so I gave him one for free.
“After that he drank the coffee, had a chat and did the crossword.
“When he’d left I spotted that my bright pink charity pot was not there.”
It is not known how much was in the box but Ms Adams said one of her customers put £1 in the box each week.
The Life’s Urgent Care for the Young (LUCY) charity is the UK’s first dedicated air transfer service to fly critically ill infants and children from local hospitals to the relevant centre of excellence, supported by professional staff trained for in flight care.
Ms Adams added: “The pot has probably been discarded in an alleyway somewhere.
“It is just a really mean thing to do.”
A spokesman for Dorset Police said officers are searching for a man who is around six-feet tall, tanned with black hair and of skinny build.
The theft happened last Wednesday .
The police spokesman added: “We received a report of a theft of a charity pot containing loose change. The incident happened between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday.
“The offender entered the store and asked for a coffee and when the 43-year-old woman turned around he made off with the charity pot.”
Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 101.
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