Felixstowe: Thieves target charity boxes

Businesses today hit out at shameless thieves who pinched three charity collection boxes in the town.

They were swiped from SJ Summers butchers in High Road West and Domino’s Pizza in Undercliff Road West, which had been raising money for Scope, the EACH Treehouse Appeal and Help for Heroes.

A spokesman for Help for Heroes, which supports injured servicemen and women, said it was “deeply sad” and called on the perpetrators to return the cash.

The first theft occurred at some point between May 10 and 14 when a yellow and orange teddy bear-shaped box was taken from the counter of SJ Summers.

A blue cylindrical box was also snatched from the store on May 16. The boxes were in aid of EACH and Scope.

The third theft happened at Domino’s at around 10.30pm on May 19 when a Help for Heroes box believed to contain around �100 was taken.

Police inquiring into this incident are looking for a white man in his mid 20s to early 30s, around 6ft and of skinny build, with dark hair and wearing dark clothing.

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Joved Miah, the store manager at Domino’s, said he was shocked that someone would steal from charity.

He said: “Nothing like this has happened before.

“I couldn’t believe it because people were telling me it would get stolen at the front of the shop, but because it was for charity I didn’t want to believe that it could happen – it is shocking.”

A spokesman for Help for Heroes said: “It is deeply sad that some individual would take from the men and women of our Armed Forces, and we at Help for Heroes hope that those who took the tin will read this and find it in their hearts to return it to those who truly need it.”

A spokeswoman for EACH said: “EACH is grateful to SJ Summers and the countless other businesses, groups and individuals in the region who help us to raise funds with EACH collection boxes, and we are saddened to hear the box has been stolen.”

Police could not confirm whether the crimes were linked.

A spokeswoman said: “There’s nothing specific to connect the thefts, but of course we can’t rule that out.

“Any crime like this is deplorable and we are trying to find out who is responsible.”

Anyone with any information should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

n Do you have a message for the thieves? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk