Portsmouth man is charged after police probe into charity box thefts

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A MAN has been charged with following a police probe into charity box thefts.

Daniel Harvey Powell, 29, of Fyning Street, Landport, Portsmouth, is accused of six burglaries and three counts of theft.

The charges follow a police investigation into recent reports of charity boxes being stolen.

Powell is alleged to have stolen a jar containing staff tips and donations for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice from Coffee Republic in Pyle Street, Newport.

The theft occurred between 9.40am and 9.50am on September 4, shortly before the shop was due to open.

Powell is also charged in connection with the attempted theft of a teapot containing staff tips from God’s Providence tea room in St. Thomas’ Square, Newport between 9.15am and 9.30am, also on September 4.

Staff challenge the suspect and nothing was stolen.