Thief steals cancer charity money
A MAN who stole money destined for charity has taken some of the magic out of the Miss Bundy Thunder contest for one entrant.
Sarah Fogarty works casually at the Viva Italia restaurant as a waitress, and the eatery has sponsored her to enter the Miss Bundy Thunder contest.
As part of her fundraising Ms Fogarty put a collection tin on the counter at the restaurant for donations from customers.
But early this week someone stole the tin.
Restaurant manager Andrew Harris said he was taken aback at the coolness of the thief, who was captured taking the tin on security cameras inside the store.
“On the video you can see him come in and scope out the place,” Mr Harris said.
“He moves the tin into a position that is easier to reach, then goes to the toilet.
“When he comes out he makes a booking for 25 people, but of course that never came off.”
Mr Harris said that on the footage the thief glanced around to make sure he was not being watched and then stuffed the collection tin into his clothing.
No one in the restaurant saw the theft happen and the disappearance of the tin was not noticed for some time.
Mr Harris said the tin was later found by police at Alexandra Park with all the money missing.
“It's amazing when you look at the video, he's so cruisey as if he doesn't have a care in the world,” he said.
The video recording of the theft has been handed to police and Mr Harris said he hoped they recognised the culprit.
Ms Fogarty said the theft of the tin had almost soured the competition for her.
“It's kind of dulled my whole mood about it because it's so horrible,” she said.
She said when the tin was found the whole top had been ripped off.
Ms Fogarty said she did not know how much money was in the tin, but friends and relatives had been making donations for the past few weeks.
“A few of the girls shook it and said it was quite heavy,” she said.
Ms Fogarty said she would carry on with her campaign to raise the $500 for charity needed to be part of the Miss Bundy Thunder competition.
“One of the other girls and I are organising a fashion parade at Across The Waves and a car wash,” she said.