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Alleged charity thief caught on Facebook

A HEARTLESS thief has ripped The Spotted Dog tavern's charity donation tin from its chain and walked away with the proceeds.

After noticing the charity box was missing from the hotel's sidewalk coffee shop Spotted Dog manager Stephen Pato checked the building's CCTV footage.

He couldn't believe what he saw.

Pato said at about 2pm Friday a "big brute of a man" walked past the coffee shop and yanked the charity box off the chain.

"He kept walking away with the box and a big smirk on his face," Pato said.

The money inside the box was destined for Red Collar Rescue a charity the saves dogs that are on death row

 Pato said the Spotted Dog raised funds for local charities each month with $2 from each coffee sold on Friday donated.

 "People also donate money and that's what was in the charity box," Pato said.

"I feel realy bad for Red Collar Rescue it was their turn and they missed out," he said.

Disappointed in the theft Pato put an image from the CCTV footage  on Facebook.


It wasn't long before he had people ringing him telling him who the culprit was.

"Within half an hour he was dobbed in," Pato said.

"At least Facebook has done something good."

Bundaberg police are now interviewing a man in relation to the incident.

Red Collar Rescue spokeswoman Tracey Amos said her charity was upset over the theft.

"We were very disappointed," Ms Amos said.

"It's disappointing people disrespect charities."

She said the charity was a not-for-profit and relied on donations and volunteers to stay afloat.

The group has on average 50 dogs to look after at any one time and spends $2500 a week on vet bills alone.

"We get good people like Pato supporting us and helping us raise money, then we get someone come in and wreck it all," Ms Amos said.

"In what we do we look at both the good and bad of the human race and this magnifies the bad unfortunately."

Anyone wishing to support Red Collar Rescue after the set back can donate via their Facebook page.

Ms Amos said all banking details are on the page.

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