Charity battles thieves
By DARRYN NUFER
IF today is like any other Saturday, Craig Williams will watch people steal from a reputable Rockhampton charity.
And there is nothing he, victim St Vincent de Paul (corner of Clifton and Ford streets), or police can do about it.
Mr Williams works at a nearby business.
"On weekends the (charity) store is closed, people leave their donations at the rear of the building, and volunteer staff sort and put the goods in the store on Monday to sell,'' Mr Williams said.
"I do overtime work on the weekends and constantly see people stealing goods from this charity.
"People are pulling up in cars and trailers and taking any goods of value. If you can judge a person's status by the car they drive, they are obviously not on the poverty line.''
Mr Williams said he had witnessed people stealing donations of clothes, furniture and household goods.
When he and his employer had tried to stop the thieves they were abused and threatened with vandalism.
St Vincent de Paul store employee John Anderson said thefts were happening all the time, even in broad daylight.
"Sometimes we go outside and find the bags that have been left here all ripped and the clothes that were in them everywhere,'' he said.
"One time we rang the police with a (car) rego number.
"They asked us what was taken but obviously we didn't know what was in the bags and they said there wasn't a thing they could do about it.