CCTV catches dopey charity box thief on camera

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THE owner of a truckstop has spoken of his anger and released CCTV footage after a cancer charity tin was stolen.

David O’Donnell, from Portsmouth Truckstop in Walton Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, has branded the thief an ‘idiot’ for taking the Macmillan Cancer Support charity tin.

A CCTV image of the charity box thief

A CCTV image of the charity box thief

Mr O’Donnell, whose father John, sister Vicky and truckstop manager Dave Cotterell died from cancer, has said he was disgusted at the ‘lowlife’.

But he added the dopey thief would have had a shock after taking the tin from the counter only to turn around to see a screen showing the feeds from the several CCTV cameras.

Speaking to The News he said: ‘There’s probably around £30-odd in there. He’s a lowlife.

‘I’d rather give them the money than they come in and do something like that.’

The truckstop was shut at the time of the theft and the security manager was busy meeting three drivers who had just arrived to stay the evening.

The footage released by the site shows a man wandering in before taking a tin from the counter near the till.

The man, who was wearing a blue jacket and dark-coloured baseball cap, then simply walks out of the cafe with the Great Ormond Street charity box, having stuffed it under a coat.

It’s thought he came from the Highbury estate after crossing the bridge to get to the truckstop.

Police said they are investigating a theft at the building at 7.20pm on Friday.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170454423.’

Mr O’Donnell said the truckstop started to fundraise for the cancer charity after the death of the former manager Mr Cotterell, who died from kidney cancer, in 2014.

His sister Vicky, died in 2003 aged 51 from lung cancer, and his father John died in 1979 from stomach cancer at the age of 57.

Mr O’Donnell said: ‘My dad died of cancer, my sister died of cancer.

‘They don’t get funded by government, it’s all done by people like us – it’s a good cause.’