Fareham charity appeals for return of stolen laptop

THEFT Steve Lovelock is angry after thieves stole a laptop from his charity shop.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120981-1)
THEFT Steve Lovelock is angry after thieves stole a laptop from his charity shop. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120981-1)

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A CHARITY for the blind has had a laptop stolen from its shop by a thief who pretended to be a customer.

The computer – which had only been donated by the charity’s founder that same day – was taken from the Blind Intuition shop in Fareham’s West Street.

It is offering a small reward to anyone who provides information leading to a successful prosecution of the thief.

Mark Trevail started the charity to help visually impaired and disabled people use computers.

He spoke to the suspected thief, who pretended to be interested in some other items on sale.

Mark popped to the rear of the store but when he returned he found the man and the computer had gone.

He said: ‘I can’t believe someone would stoop so low.

‘We had a collection box nicked off the counter recently and a designer bag was taken a couple of weeks ago.

‘We’re a small non-profit organisation and we rely on donations. Things like this do have a big effect on us.’

Steve Lovelock, the charity’s technical support manager, added: ‘It has hit morale.

‘We are trying to help the community, so the impact of this has been quite high.

‘The money we made from selling this computer would have gone to buying another machine with a higher specification, which is what we needed.’

The laptop was taken at around 11.30am on March 16.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 20s, clean-shaven and wore a dark coat.

He headed along West Street and up Westbury Road. Mr Trevail also had a bum-bag stolen.

It contained his medication, a dual-sim mobile phone and £210 cash

Anyone with information should contact Fareham police on 101.