'How could thief stoop so low?'

THIEVES have stolen two charity boxes from St Martin’s Medical Centre.

St Martin’s Medical Centre staff member Linda Heaume with the empty Pink Ladies collection box. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1304185)
St Martin’s Medical Centre staff member Linda Heaume with the empty Pink Ladies collection box. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1304185)

THIEVES have stolen two charity boxes from St Martin’s Medical Centre.

Volunteers lambasted the theft, questioning how anyone could ‘stoop so low’ as to steal from charities.

The containers were taken during the centre’s opening hours either on Wednesday 6 or Thursday 7 February.

Two full ones for Les Bourgs Hospice and the Pink Ladies were switched with two empty boxes from the same charities.

Jack Honeybill, chairman of the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice, was extremely disappointed that someone would deliberately target not one, but two, charity containers.

Amanda Brown, co-founder of the Pink Ladies, was concerned that the theft – something which she said was happening increasingly – could have wider implications for all charities that use collection boxes across the island.

  • Anyone with information should contact PC Ian Sullivan on 725111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Comments for: "'How could thief stoop so low?'"

PLP

Unfortunately the days when charities were considered sacrosanct are gone. It may be a sad reflection on our society but charities need to be implementing safeguards to stop this happening again:

Some suggestions:

- A phone call in advance from the charity saying the name of the person who will be collecting the box and the time of collection - this could be confirmed by a return call to the office clarifying the conversation.

- All collectors to carry photographic ID which must be shown before collection. A combination of a charity ID with some legal form of ID (e.g. passport / drivers licence) should suffice.

- A phone call made to the charity office (or representative) confirming the collection is legitimate.

Of course sophisticated criminals might find a way to circumvent this but I would imagine they are focused on bigger fish. I know these things shouldn't be required and they're awfully bureaucratic but times have changed, and it's no good presuming thieves have the same moral compass as most people.

JohnT

Sad to see this happen, and somewhat surprised since the armed response vehicles are on patrol now.

Herbert Roth

This is exactly the kind of crime CCTV can deal with.

Or it would be nice if Emperor Rice could find the time to target anti-social crimes such as this, perhaps by running a 'honeypot' op or two?

markB

Thats thieves for you!!

A.J.

Surely there must be at least another site with two boxes missing, or maybe a string of sites.

Hopefuly at least one may have a cctv camera operating.

SaintsBay

Rise in unemployment = rise in crime.

If the current unemployment is acceptable then it follows that the level of crime is unacceptable.

Except Guernsey is "different"

Expect more crime like this and then add violence as the population (local & migrant) get more desperate.

Field Commander Rice gets it.

PB FALLA

No surprise to pb falla this is the modern day guernsey lifestyle

Bring back the good old days

Martino

I'm surprised. Surprised you haven't blamed the finance industry for this. Oh wait... I can tell what's coming now...

OccupyOatlands

We need charity boxes with secure locks, RFID tracking *AND* an efficient thermite charge so if they do get nicked the thieves will have hot pockets !