Sick thieves steal cash from hospice shop

The St Michael's Hospice shop in Western Road, Bexhill.
The St Michael's Hospice shop in Western Road, Bexhill.

Despicable thieves stole a day’s takings from a charity shop after pretending their elderly mother needed help from the hospice the store raises money for.

A volunteer at the St Michael’s Hospice shop in Western Road was cruelly hoodwinked by the pair of thieves on Monday – leaving the charity significantly out of pocket.

Police are investigating the theft – which was reported at around 1pm - and now want members of the public to get in touch if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or who has any other information regarding the theft.

In the meantime the hospice – which is based in St Leonards and provides end of life care for countless locals across 1066 Country – is left counting the cost of the crime.

Tony Holtham, retail manager St Michael’s Hospice, was disgusted one of the charity’s shops had been targeted and spoke of the impact it has had on both the hospice’s finances and its volunteers.

He told The Observer: “The loss of this type makes a great impact on the care that the hospice is able to give its patients and their relatives.

“While one of the two thieves distracted a volunteer member of staff by asking how the hospice would be able to help his elderly mother, his accomplice forced open the till and took the days takings.

“The volunteer who generously gives up their time to the shop was very distressed over the incident.

“We would hope that anyone who has any information will contact Bexhill Police to help with their enquires.”

Anyone with any information should contact Sussex Police on 101 or email, quoting serial 695 of 17/2.