Brazen thieves steal from Salvos
THE Salvation Army is looking at installing security cameras outside its Casino Family Store in a bid to stop people stealing donated items.
Wendy Byron-Fiel, who leads the Casino corps with her husband Bruce, said the theft of goods left outside the store at night and on weekends had not only increased but had become more brazen.
“It's happening every night and every weekend,” she said.
“If donated goods are left outside our shopfront, invariably we will have people going through the goods and taking what they want.
“People should be aware that it's actually an offence to take goods that have been donated to a charity.
“What they are doing is stealing from the most vulnerable and needy in the community.”
So brazen have the thefts become that one Sunday last month thieves stole a table and chair set left behind the Salvos' furniture store at the corner of Walker and Johnson streets while Mr and Mrs Byron-Fiel were in the store.
“As we were moving the goods which had been left out the front of the store inside the building, someone has come to the back of the building and loaded the table and chairs into their Tarago,” she said.
“They drove off just as we came out the back door to move the table and chairs inside. Those responsible had to have realised we were in the store. “The thing is if these people were in genuine need we would have given it to them,” Mrs Byron-Fiel said.