A FIREFIGHTER is devastated after “despicable” thieves stole a charity tin containing about £120 for injured and traumatised colleagues.
Sean Gedney (27) placed the tin on the counter of his parents’ VM Gedney’s newsagent shop in Market Place, Long Sutton, to supplement sponsorship money he will receive when he does a skydive next month in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity.
But his hopes of reaching the £500 target he had set himself have suffered a major setback after a man distracted his mum, who was working behind the counter, while a female accomplice grabbed the tin off the counter and ran away.
The theft, which was caught on the shop’s CCTV, happened at about 11.30am on Sunday and police are now investigating.
Mr Gedney said: “This has really upset me. I think these people are despicable and I would really like to spend five minutes alone in a locked room with them so I could tell them what I think of them.
“This money was given by our customers and is to help firefighters who have been injured or are distressed as a result of the work we do.
“What these scumbags have done is really out of order.”
Pc Laura Griggs, who is investigating the theft, said: “The theft of charity boxes is especially saddening as the money has been generously given by the public for the benefit of the needy.”
If anyone would like to sponsor Sean to do his skydive, he can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com