PLEASE HELP!!!Can anyone identify these 2 individuals who broke in and stole CHARITY BOXES from the restaurant just after 4am last night – Sat 3rd FebruaryCheck out their distinctive clothing and PM our page or contact police on 101 with any information. Thank you.
Posted by Dolan's Restaurant & Takeaway on Sunday, 4 February 2018
TWO heartless thieves have stolen charitable donations from a business premises in Strabane.
The incident occurred around 4am on Sunday when thieves stole charity collection boxes from Dolan’s Restaurant and Takeaway on the Lifford Road. The boxes belonged to the Foyle Hospice, Donegal Hospice, Mourne Search and Rescue and other local charities.
The incident which was recorded fully on in-store CCTV, shows a hooded pair frantically rummaging around the store before piling the charity collection tins into a blue bag.
The pair gained entry by smashing a double glazed window into the shop, damaging a door panel in the process.
Unnerved by the incident, one of the managers of Dolan’s Restaurant, Alan Orr, said he is “disappointed” and
“It is unsettling to think how someone could do this,” he said. “It is a shame individuals like this put a damper on the good community spirit of Strabane.
“We like to provide a lot of charity boxes in the store for worthwhile causes around Strabane. Overall, there could have been between £40 to £50 in the boxes.
“From the CCTV we can see the thieves used a large mayonnaise tub to make it easier to carry the money away. A double glazed window and a door were also smashed, which was an added inconvenience for us in the aftermath.
“You’d like to think that none of their friends or family would be in need of these charities at some stage,” he added.
While the brazen thieves have made off with the charity donations, Alan says the store has been humbled with the concern of local people.
“A number of people have been looking to donate money. One man, who heard about the incident on the radio, offered to donate £50. It is good to see such community spirit when it comes to charitable causes.”
Police in Strabane are currently investigating the incident.
Anyone who has any information about this incident, or comes across any discarded charity boxes should contact police in Strabane on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 380 of 04/02/18.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.