Chopper fundraiser thieves ?pathetic
By EMMA CORNFORD
A CHARITY tin was all that was stolen by thieves who smashed their way into Pizza Hut in South Grafton late on Sunday night.
The result of the $400 damage bill is that the business cannot risk having the collection tin sitting on the counter anymore.
That means the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service will lose out on fundraising donations from the community ? all for a measly $40 that the thieves collected.
Manager Mitchell Singh said he was blown away that someone would break into a shop just to steal a charity money tin.
"Who smashes a window and comes in just to get a Westpac Helicopter fundraising box? It's pathetic," he said yesterday.
"We want to keep it there but it's hard when someone will break into your business just to steal something like that.
"I just hope one day they need the Westpac Helicopter to save their lives so they can see what they're stealing from."
Mr Singh said the thieves seemed to use a crowbar to smash their way through a door panel and gain access to the store.
"It's not the first time they've done it, either. They broke in next door (at Civic Video) and did the exact same thing last weekend," he said.
"It's a really weak thing to do.
"I just hope someone knows who they are and they realise what they've done because it's a really low act," he said.
But one positive did come out of the robbery.
Mr Singh said he wanted to thank a Good Samaritan who noticed the smashed window.
"A lady came to drop off her videos in the after hours box next door, and she noticed the glass so she waited and stood guard until the video store opened and they could call the police," he said.
"We don't know who she was but we'd like to thank her because she didn't have to do that."