Heartless thief steals from charity store twice

Ashlee Mullany

A heartless thief spent more than an hour rummaging through a Sydney charity store before returning to steal cash and donations.

The thief was captured on CCTV using a torch to search the Young Adult Disabled Association’s Liverpool store.

“He would have known it was a charity,” YADA coordinator Buffy McDonald said.

The heartless thief inside the charity store. Source: 7News
The heartless thief inside the charity store. Source: 7News
The theft was captured on CCTV. Source: 7News
The theft was captured on CCTV. Source: 7News

“What sort of a person steals from a charity?

“It makes me angry that someone can be so horrible.

The man used bolt cutters to break into the store on July 20.

He spent more than an hour searching for goods, seemingly unaware he was being recorded on camera.

“They’re not stealing from me, they’re stealing from the disabled,” Ms McDonald said.

The man left with antique jewellery and small items in his backpack, but returned a short time later to steal more than $1000 cash from a tin meant for the charity.

“I hope he’s caught,” Ms McDonald said.

YADA coordinator Buffy McDonald. Source: 7News
YADA coordinator Buffy McDonald. Source: 7News

“It’s just disgusting that someone can do that knowing it’s a charity.

“We’re obviously not going to see the money again, and we just hope it deters people from thinking that they can steal from charity.”

It’s the first time in 30 years of operating that the store has been broken into.

The YADA store in Liverpool. Source: 7News
The YADA store in Liverpool. Source: 7News

YADA supports people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and relies on the generosity of volunteers,

Police are now waiting on results from a forensic examination. Anyone who can recognise this man, or has information should call Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.