Shocking moment heartless woman ‘steals from disabled kids’ charity shop by stuffing £25 jacket in her handbag’

THIS is the shocking moment a women allegedly stole a jacket from a charity shop which raises money for disabled and sick kids.

The regular customer was caught on camera slipping the item into her handbag after apparently making sure staff had moved to the other end of the store.

The woman was seen inspecting the jacket in the shop – said to go for £25

She picked it up off the mannequin to have a closer look while waiting for staff to move away

She stuffed it into her handbag before walking out of the shop in Essex

Staff said they haven’t seen her since she pulled off the coat from a mannequin, hid herself behind a counter and stuffed it into her bag before casually walking out.

It would have fetched around £25 for the Colchester Children’s Charity, which chose to release the footage after getting fed up of their stock being stolen.

Trustee Roy Kemp said: “It was a Sgt Pepper-style jacket which we would be looking to sell for about £25, £45 with the mannequin.

“This may not seem like a lot of money to many people but it is an awful lot to us.

“We were pricing items and walking up and down the shop and she did it right there, brazen as you like.

“She was a regular customer but we haven’t seen her since.”

She hid herself behind a counter and stuffed it into her bag before casually walking out
The charity raises thousands of pounds to help ill and disabled children who live in north Essex.

Roy revealed the theft of the jacket is not the only time they have been targeted recently.

On Monday morning, security cameras also recorded a man snatching a mountain bike from outside the store in Colchester, Essex.

The bike had been left as a donation to the charity.

The staff said she was a regular customer until this incident – they say they haven’t seen her since
In the past year the charity has raised £72,000 thanks to items sold in their three shops.

Mr Kemp said: “We have had a successful year but we do also get quite a few cases of shoplifting.

“On one occasion someone stole every DVD we had in the shop. Hopefully sharing this footage will show we have high-quality CCTV.

“We have not been to the police yet as we are waiting to see if we can get the jacket returned.”

Earlier this year a charity shop worker accidentally sold an electrician’s £200 toolbox for just £1 when he put them down while working inside.


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