The owner of a fish and chip business which was burgled at the weekend has condemned the culprits, calling them ‘the lowest of the low’.
Caroline Carter said the family had been left upset by the break-in on Saturday (March 8) which saw a rucksack containing a cash float with £150 swiped as well as a charity box in aid of the Tuesday O’Hara fund.
The 40-year-old, who runs Carters Fish & Chips in Winston Crescent with husband Andy, “We’re pretty upset. We’re grateful no-one was there at the time or hurt but disappointed that there are people out there that would break into anybody’s business or home and take a charity box - they are the lowest of the low. Whatever their circumstances it’s pretty outrageous.”
Sue O’Hara, who set up the charity in 2007 following the death of her daughter, Tuesday, aired her disgust with those responsible online, calling them ‘vile’ and adding, “The Carters have been raising money for the Tuesday charity for about three years now and are a family run chip shop doing a honest living so if any one knows or hears anything about this please inform the police.”
Others added their thoughts calling the culprits ‘selfish, sick people’ and called the burglary ‘terrible’.
The burglary took place sometime between 3.30pm and 4.30pm after forcing open a window. The rucksack, which was taken from under the counter, is dark green with an orange front pocket and Caroline says it is distinctive. The mother-of-two said the charity box was almost full, adding, “They struck lucky, we never would usually leave cash on the premises but on this occasion my husband had nipped out briefly and they took their chance.
“It’s frustrating and annoying, we’re a husband and wife team, trying to build a business and to earn a crust and somebody thinks it’s OK to take something that doesn’t belong to them. Our customers have been giving generously and throwing their change in the charity box and it’s frustrating for them as well.”
If anyone has any information or saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time is asked to call police on 101 and quote serial 1023 of 08/03.