TWO men snatched a charity bowl containing £150, raised to help cancer patients, from an Indian takeaway.
Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, owner of Gandhi Indian Takeaway in Fareham, said he was ‘gutted’ that money raised by his customers had been stolen.
Witnesses said the two men entered the takeaway in Anjou Crescent on Wednesday evening, and ran off with the money while the counter was unattended.
Mr Tanzam is asking for the public’s help in bringing those responsible to justice.
The 48-year-old, who has worked in the takeaway for three decades, said: ‘I was really gutted and couldn’t believe something like this had happened to my business.
‘I didn’t think people like that exist in this area. It’s really frustrating.’
He said the two men, described as aged in their early 20s and wearing hoodies, took the box while he was collecting food in the kitchen, and ran out past a customer who was coming in through the door.
The pair were seen running off in the direction of Meadowbank Road.
Staff and customers have helped raise more than £4,500 in total for Cancer Research UK this year.
Mr Tanzam said: ‘I’ve found over the last 30 years that cancer is something that affects everyone.
‘I thought I must do something to help people with cancer get a better life.’
Mr Tanzam is now planning to use the takeaway’s takings to replace the stolen money.
He added: ‘I promised people who gave their money that it would go to the charity.
‘We would just like to see these people caught by police.’
Witness Yvonne Raleigh was on her way to pick up a takeaway with her eight-year-old son when the pair raced out of the takeaway and sprinted past her.
She said: ‘I thought they were going to grab my purse, I braced myself thinking that was what they were going for.
‘I realised they were carrying the collection, and they knocked into me as they sprinted past.
‘I went in to make sure Abu was okay, there was paperwork all over the floor from where they had quickly grabbed the bowl.’
A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman confirmed police were investigating the incident, which happened at about 7.30pm on Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference number 44170455368, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.