Police are hunting for two thieves who were filmed stealing the iconic guide dog donation container from a Perth newsagency.
Money that is used to help train and raise guide dogs to assist Australia’s blind was stolen from the Dalkeith shop when a couple executed their plan to distract a staff member.
Standing at the counter, the pair asked if their parcel was ready for collection, prompting the shop worker to leave the counter and search for their non-existent package.
The man, who has distinctive tattoos on his arms, first gives the container a nudge before checking that the coast is clear and placing the small dog shaped container in a gift bag.
As he walks away, his accomplice waits to be told that her parcel isn’t there.
The staff only learned of the theft when someone tried to make a donation half an hour later.
“Very disappointed because it's for the blind and they need the support from the public,” the shop manager told 7 News.
The stolen money would have gone towards Guide Dogs Australia's dog training which costs more than $35,000 for each dog.
It may not be the first time the couple has struck either.
Two-weeks-ago at a cafe in Maylands, a man and woman distracted staff before stealing the tip jar in Fremantle, using a ploy that was similar to that used in the newsagency.
If you can help identify the thieves, contact Crime Stoppers.
News break - February 6