Thieves steal charity boxes in early morning shop burglary

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A POLICE investigation is underway after two thieves broke into a local business and made off with donations from charity boxes.

The burglary at Dolan's Restaurant and Takeaway on the Lifford Road occurred after 4am on Sunday, February 4.

CCTV footage shows the two culprits in distinctive clothing trawling through the premises in their search for cash.

As well as making off with the charity boxes they also damaged a door and glass panel.
Speaking on Monday, Alan Orr from Dolan's, says the thieves made off with a number of charity boxes but that he believed they contained very little.

"The intruders came in and broke two panes of glass with one being a double. On CCTV it looks like they had stolen five or six charity boxes.

“They then went out the back and lifted a giant, empty mayonnaise tub to put the charity boxes into them. They were then able to carry the one big tub instead of the boxes," he said.

Mr Orr said that it appeared the culprits were in the building for less than two minutes.


''We had a good look about but thankfully security was tight enough and there was no money lying about so they couldn't grab it.

Looking at the CCTV they were only in about 90 seconds.

''There's probably not more than six or eight euro in each of the boxes. It's a sad state of affairs that we're in that people would do that.

“You'd like to think that none of their friends or family would be in need of the Foyle Hospice, Donegal Hospice or Mourne Search and Rescue.

“We would like these people to be caught, if it's not Dolan's it could be another business or peoples friends or family," he added.


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