Police return stolen charity donations
16 Mar 2015 12:12 PM[View Full Size]
A charity has had stolen donations returned - thanks to Northumbria Police.
Callous thieves broke into a charity container full of donated clothing at the ASDA supermarket car park in Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth. It happened at 9.30pm, on May 6, last year when they stole several bags of clothing worth £100 donated by kind hearted local people intended for the north east's Cash for Kids Charity.
Two men and a woman in a black Passat car were then seen driving away with the stolen items. Police were quickly alerted to the theft and they were stopped and arrested by officers a short time later on Gosforth High Street.
Subsequent enquiries highlighted two other similar offences at the same premises, one occurred, a day earlier and the first on May 2. Officers carried out house searches and recovered a large quantity of donated clothing, worth £300-£400. This has all now been returned to the charity.
All three people were charged jointly with theft, two of them received a Community Order a 47-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, the latter was also fined £110 with a £60 victim's surcharge. The third person, an 18-year-old man, failed to appear at court and is still sought.