Theft of charity box at Ilkley cafe sickens staff and customers

SICKENED:  Stuart Tolch, (left), with La Stazione manager Max Crane at the counter where the charity box was stolen

SICKENED: Stuart Tolch, (left), with La Stazione manager Max Crane at the counter where the charity box was stolen

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A CHARITY box containing hundreds of pounds has been stolen from the counter of an Ilkley cafe.

The box containing cash destined for a mum who is battling Multiple Sclerosis, went missing from La Stazione, an Italian cafe in the centre of the town.

The crime has left staff and customers disgusted and now one regular Stuart Tolch, has offered a reward to anyone who can provide information which will lead to the conviction of the person who carried out the despicable crime.

Mr Tolch, a 40-year-old chartered surveyor, of Ilkley, said: "The box was on the counter. It wasn't fixed down because you don't expect that sort of thing to happen here.

"But some idiot has come along on Tuesday or Wednesday and taken it. I would now like to offer a reward leading to the conviction of this idiot. It contained several hundred pounds which was going to a local woman with acute MS who is in a terrible way.

"This money was going to help her and her young son and husband.

"I am a regular customer and like all the regulars we wanted to some something, however small to make her life a little bit easier. All the money goes towards her care. The charity box is something that has been working really well and we are all disgusted it has gone missing."

The cafe, which is directly outside Ilkley railway station, has large windows and people regularly ask to put posters up. Instead of charging for the service, the cafe asks for contributions to the charity box.

La Stazione manager Max Crane, who has reported the theft to the police said he knew the box was still there on Tuesday last week because a woman came into the cafe to put up a poster and put money into the charity box.

On Wednesday at about 10am another woman came in and wanted to put £5 in the charity box and it was then staff noticed the box was missing.

"I was just in shock," said Mr Crane. "I could not believe it - I felt disgust and anger. There must have been up to £300 in there. Stealing is one thing but stealing a charity box is just an awful thing to do. She is such a nice lady and I can't imagine it would have been any of our regulars.

" It is not a light box either - it must have gone in a split second and unfortunately no-one saw anything."

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police urged anyone with information about the theft to call the police non-emergency number 101.

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6:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

Big Bad Honey Badger says...

This is the place that accused me of paying them £5 short, probably the staff that took the charity box too, robbing gets.
This is the place that accused me of paying them £5 short, probably the staff that took the charity box too, robbing gets. Big Bad Honey Badger
  • Score: -9

7:09am Thu 17 Jul 14

Albion. says...

There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future).
There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future). Albion.
  • Score: 22

8:25am Thu 17 Jul 14

Broadswordcalling says...

Albion. wrote:
There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future).
Exactly my thoughts.

Oh the simple things in life!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future).[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. Oh the simple things in life! Broadswordcalling
  • Score: 7

8:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

Apollo says...

The days are long gone when you can leave a box/tin lying on a counter which contains money and expect anything other than for it to disappear.

Sad but you cannot leave anything lying about these days or it is fair game.

If you want to test that observation just leave a child's toy in your garden and see how long it stays there. Gypos will have it before your back is turned.
The days are long gone when you can leave a box/tin lying on a counter which contains money and expect anything other than for it to disappear. Sad but you cannot leave anything lying about these days or it is fair game. If you want to test that observation just leave a child's toy in your garden and see how long it stays there. Gypos will have it before your back is turned. Apollo
  • Score: 10

10:05am Thu 17 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

What a sad story, It does make you think in regards to how low some folk will stoop. Hopefully whoever did this will be caught and locked up.
What a sad story, It does make you think in regards to how low some folk will stoop. Hopefully whoever did this will be caught and locked up. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

10:23am Thu 17 Jul 14

collos25 says...

There is unfortunately very little in way of effective policing thieves do as they will with very little chance of being caught and if they are its normally a slap on the hand.
There is unfortunately very little in way of effective policing thieves do as they will with very little chance of being caught and if they are its normally a slap on the hand. collos25
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

Is it a good idea to publicly advertise just how much might be in these collection boxes???
Is it a good idea to publicly advertise just how much might be in these collection boxes??? linebacker2
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

No CCTV ? - no security ?

Well that was clever.
No CCTV ? - no security ? Well that was clever. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Thu 17 Jul 14

maximus3604 says...

Broadswordcalling wrote:
Albion. wrote:
There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future).
Exactly my thoughts.

Oh the simple things in life!
Naïve in the extreme. Why not here? It should have been emptied ages ago. This is 2014. Dixon of Dock Green has been dead for years. The café staff have only themselves to blame.
[quote][p][bold]Broadswordcalling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: There is nothing to say other than condemnation for whoever took it. It might have been an idea to empty it every day and keep the money safe (possibly an idea for the future).[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. Oh the simple things in life![/p][/quote]Naïve in the extreme. Why not here? It should have been emptied ages ago. This is 2014. Dixon of Dock Green has been dead for years. The café staff have only themselves to blame. maximus3604
  • Score: 1

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