Thief steals charity cash

Co-op in Bothwell
Co-op in Bothwell

A COLD-hearted thief has stolen £1,500 raised for sick children by generous customers and staff at a Bothwell store.

For months donations of loose change had mounted up at the Co-op in Main Street and staff were preparing to present bumper cheques to two good causes.

However, their efforts proved in vain as a brazen thief walked into the store and snatched a four-figure sum, including the charity money, from a safe in the office.

Now police have been studying the Main Street store’s CCTV footage in a bid to track down the culprit.

A spokesman for The Co-operative Food said: “The money was to have been donated to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow and to the CLIC Sargent cancer charity.

“The theft of money raised for charity is particularly upsetting, especially after the hard work and generosity of our colleagues and customers.

“We are liaising with police and, as with any incident such as this, would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

More on this story in the Bellshill Speaker, out now.