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Heartless thieves steal charity cash
THIEVES broke in to a garden centre on Sunday night and stole the contents of a collection of charity boxes.
A 39-inch display television was also taken during the break-in at Greatfield Nurseries and Garden Centre, near Hook.
Whilst the exact amount of money taken is not known, it is believed a number of the charity boxes taken were quite full.
Four smaller charity boxes were taken and two larger ones had the locks snapped and were emptied.
They were collecting for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Action for Children, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Perennial Garden Charity.
The two larger ones were Action for Children and Guide Dogs UK.
The owner of the garden centre says he does not understand why someone would steal them as they contain so little money.
Colin Hoare, 67, said: “When they are full they have about £17 in them so it really isn’t that much. People only ever put coins in and very rarely notes.
“They have taken the television down and rifled through all the paperwork in the office.
“We have checked all the other stock and can’t see anything else missing.
“It’s very frustrating and I feel for all the people who have given money to the charities.
“We don’t keep any money on the premises we have made from the day. Even if we did, most of the transactions these days are done with a card so the amount of cash would not have been as high as a few years ago.”
Colin, who has worked at the garden centre all his life, first discovered what had happened when he arrived for work on Monday morning.
The lock to the door had been smashed off and the charity boxes were spread all over the floor.
He said: “My first reaction when I found everything strewn across the floor is probably not printable.
“The thieves must have carried everything away by hand. The gate was shut when I arrived and the ram barrier behind it has not been touched.
“We also have another smaller screen which was on the wall but had been put on the floor so I’m wondering if maybe they were disturbed in the act.
Unfortunately there was no CCTV on the premises but forensic teams have scoured the sight for evidence as well as conducting house to house enquires.
If anyone has information they should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Wiltshire Police on 101.
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