Poor being robbed

HEARTLESS thieves are targeting charity bins stretching from Mosman Park to Fremantle picking out saleable items and discarding the rest.

Good Sammy Industries’ chief John Knowles says his organisation is working with police  after weeks of bins being raided.

Heavy duty locks have been sawn off, doors jemmied open and mountains of clothing not taken left to the wet winter weather.

“It’s theft, it’s wrong, and it’s a betrayal of the trust of the Western Australian community who donate…to help people with disabilities, which is what we’re about,” Mr Knowles says.

His organisations hasn’t seen theft on this scale before and a “gang” with “pecuniary interests” is suspected of breaking into the heavy-duty, purpose-built bins.

•The padlock and cover were sawn off with heavy-duty equipment. Photos by Trilokesh Chanmugam

•The padlock and cover were sawn off with heavy-duty equipment. Photos by Trilokesh Chanmugam

Hard times

“It’s not to say that some people having hard times don’t stick their hand into a bin…but that’s pretty minor in the scheme of things”, Mr Knowles said.

“Our bins are locked with an industrial padlock which is all covered over…we’re talking $80 padlocks.”

Earlier this week, a neighbouring tenant alerted the Chook to a set of busted-open charity bins in North Fremantle, claiming they had been robbed every weekend for the past month.

The thieves had apparently picked through the three bins to take high value items, because a pile of donated clothing was strewn into the carpark.

Mr Knowles says once found the culprits would face criminal charges: “If you keep it up, we will catch you, we will prosecute you.”

by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM

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