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Harpenden supermarket charity box stolen
Staff at a supermarket in Harpenden are devastated that a donation box to raise money for a cerebral palsy charity has been stolen.
The instore donation box in Sainsbury's, which is thought to have reached £100 in collections, was stolen on Saturday evening.
The store in the High Street has been raising money for Star Scope, a local charity which provides support and assistance to people who have cerebral palsy, their parents, families and carers, since April.
As part of fundraising customers have been bringing in their unwanted books for a charity sale, which has so far reached £500 in donations.
Helen Jones, customer service supervisor, said: "We are so upset and disgusted that someone could do something like this.
"This local charity is very, very close to our heart. We have four customers we know well who have cerebral palsy and as staff we wanted to raise money for this charity because we feel very passionate about it.
"It is such a shame because people have really shown their support for this charity and whenever books are sold, there’s always more to replace them.
"The person chose a quiet Saturday night, where staff were preoccupied with closing time. We just want to warn people to be vigilant and be aware that this kind of thing happens."
Ms Jones added it was most frustrating because instead of emptying the charity box on a Friday night like they would usually do, staff decided to wait until the weekend.
The crime has been reported to the police and since, staff have obtained CCTV which shows a suspect described as a white male, lingering nearby the book sale before coming out of a toilet.
Ms Jones added: "Let’s turn a negative in to a positive. I will do whatever I can to raise as much money for Star Scope as I can.
"This is not only about raising money for the charity- we also hope to raise its profile.
"I will not let this hinder us and I am determined we will hit our £2,000 target."
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