‘Stealing from charity is the lowest of the low’ – collection box thief urged to return hospice funds

CCTV image in appeal to trace collection box thief
CCTV image in appeal to trace collection box thief

A heartless thief who stole two charity collection boxes and attempted to swipe another has been branded ‘despicable’.

The callous crook stole the donations from a series of pubs in Dacorum on Friday, and one charity has now appealed for the culprit to return their spoils.

A Lucy Air Ambulance charity box was taken from The Bell in Tring’s High Street, shortly after the thief had grabbed a Dreamflights collection tin in Northchurch’s George and Dragon but was stopped by the landlord and fled.

Earlier the same day the thief had struck in the Robin Hood pub in Brook Street, Tring, taking a Rennie Grove Hospice Care box which is thought to have contained as much as £300 from the venue’s weekly quiz.

The Robin Hood has supported Rennie Grove Hospice Care for many years and has, according to the charity, helped to raise thousands of pounds through events such as its quiz, as well as bike rides and raffles.

Landlord Terry Johnson said: “I think whoever took the money is despicable and the lowest of the low to steal from a charity. I hope they never need to use the services provided by Rennie Grove Hospice Care.”

Penny Crosswell, community fundraising manager at Rennie Grove, said: “It is very sad to hear that money that has been raised for us has been stolen.

“We hope that whoever took it sees the error in their ways and returns it and that the police manage to find the person responsible. Taking from a charity really has to be one of the most awful crimes.”

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the three incidents.

Call 101 if you recognise him or have any information. The references for the crimes are as follows:

The Robin Hood, Tring: D3/14/256

The Bell, Tring: D3/14/259

The George and Dragon, Northchurch: D2/14/435