Pair arrested over charity box theft
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:38a.m.
By Adam Ray
Police have arrested two people over the theft of a charity box that was captured on a service station CCTV camera.
Images were released yesterday showing a couple at the counter of a Hastings Z Energy service station.
It shows one of thieves distracting the attendant by asking for cigarettes and the second person taking the box while the attendant's back is turned.
The person who distracts the attendant appears to be a woman but police say they arrested two men this morning.
“They are due to appear in the Hastings District Court today on theft charges relating to the charity box, as well as other unrelated charges,” a police spokesman says.
The video was shown by media outlets and also posted on the local police Facebook page, prompting a flood of information to police.
Inspector Andy Sloan says police were heartened by the response.
“This is a fantastic result and would not have happened without the public's help. It was also pleasing to see the amount of outrage and disgust towards these people.
“It's obvious the community will not tolerate this type of behaviour and people are willing to help police prevent it happening,” says Mr Sloan.
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23/01/2013 8:00:53 p.m.
Low lifes stealing from charity. They are opportunists, not desperate people.
23/01/2013 6:30:57 p.m.
Wonderful brought in on fruit picking visas and spend their time thieving. It like the sexual assaults that go through the roof each season they are let in to the Hawke's Bay.
23/01/2013 2:04:49 p.m.
James Turner wrote:
Why would you steal from charity!!!
23/01/2013 1:45:46 p.m.
lol what dumb thieves. if they are that desperate for money why dont they quit smoking.
23/01/2013 1:43:43 p.m.
if they can afford a packet of cigarettes then they shouldn't need to steal. they are defiantly both men.
23/01/2013 1:15:00 p.m.
These guys are idiots. Seriously, surely they know the camera is focused right on the counter. And for what? Loose change - $10? $15? And BROOK, if they cant afford food, not counting the benefits they can receive(which are more than enough to live on), why oh why are they buying smokes????? Wake up. These people are not "poor people just trying to get by", they are inconsiderate, lazy, criminals.
23/01/2013 12:29:26 p.m.
Back to their own country?...they are new zealanders obviously so desprite for money they have to steal from charity. its wrong of course but just goes to show what people are doing to get by in life because they dont obviously have what you have lady. two sides to every story but definatly wrong to steal ur bad guys
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