A callous thief who stole a charity box from a Bridlington takeaway has left two local charities out of pocket and the business owner heartbroken.
The charity box, which was full of money for the RNLI and the British Heart Foundation, was swiped in the early hours of Sunday morning from the counter of Speedy Peppers takeaway on Promenade.
The box, which is thought to have contained around £300, was taken from next to the till as the takeaway was full of late night customers.
Sajad Tahmasebi, 28, who has owned the business for eight years, said: “It was very busy and you can fit around five people along the counter so it was a few minutes before we realised the box was missing.
“It’s really awkward because it was a charity box helping two good causes, it’s not acceptable for somebody to do this, Why would someone do this?
“It’s heartbreaking for me because I’ve supported charity for eight years, nothing like this has ever happened before.”
Shop assistant Emily Jaggar, added: “A lot of our prices are like £2.99 so we have a lot of people putting their pennies and loose change in the box.
“Obviously it is awful, the charity could have used that money so well, it’s not fair at all, customers donate that money for a reason.
“We’ll have to start again now, my boss is really upset by the whole thing. It’s horrible, the man who did this can’t have any morals.”
Ms Jaggar said that the takeaway’s CCTV cameras had captured an image of the man which had been passed on to the police to help with their investigations.
Andy Brompton fron Bridlington RNLI said: “Obviously the RNLI being a charity, every penny counts, that money would put us well on the way to getting some wet weather gear for some of the crew.
“People are very good to us in Bridlington and even further in land people donate a lot. I just think it’s sad that anybody can come down to the level of stealing from a charity box, not just the RNLI but any charity.”
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “It has been alleged that the box was stolen by one of a group of men who went into the takeaway on Sunday 13 June at around 1.45am.
“CCTV footage is being recovered from the shop to assist the police in identifying the individuals concerned. However, one of the men that officers investigating the case would like to speak to is described as a white man aged 40-46 years old of stocky build with a bald head.”
If you have any information that could help the police call 101 quoting crime reference number CW/2055909/2014 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.