POOR FORM: St Vincent De Paul centre president Sandra Keighran just hours after thieves broke into their centre in River Street
POOR FORM: St Vincent De Paul centre president Sandra Keighran just hours after thieves broke into their centre in River Street

Robbing the poor ?low act

By JURIS GRANEY

MONEY used to provide blankets and food vouchers for the Lower Clarence's most needy was stolen in an early morning break-in at Maclean's St Vincent De Paul this week.

It is believed thieves kicked in and smashed the River Street centre's front door, stealing the 'poor box', which contained an amount of money.

Centre president Sandra Keighran said the break in was a 'low act'.

"I mean how low can you get to steal from an organisation that looks after the needy," Mrs Keighran said.

"The money is used to help the needy, those who are down and out who may need some extra help with rent or something like that.

"The money should have gone to help families and little kids."

Mrs Keighran is appealing to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious on Tuesday morning to contact police.

The organisation was alerted to the theft when a volunteer, who was on her early morning walk, found the door smashed.

'I mean how low

can you get to

steal from an

organisation that

looks after the needy.'

"She went to the bakery and called the police and one of the other workers about 6.40am," Mrs Keighran said.

"We got down there at about 6.45am and went in the back so as not to disturb the scene and found the 'poor box' had been stolen."

Maclean Police said anyone who saw anything suspicious between 8pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday should contact them.

It was not the only break-in on Tuesday with an optometrist office broken into and a 'considerable amount' of money stolen.

Police said it was the second time in a week the optometrist had been broken into.

"We strongly advise that no money is left on any premises and that appropriate signage is placed indicating such," Constable Jane Mor- gan said.



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