Thieves target Red Cross office

JUST one day after The Observer reported people depositing rubbish in welfare bins, another local charity organisation has been dealt a cruel blow.

The Red Cross office on the corner of Flinders and Bayne Streets was targeted by thieves "looking for money'' sometime Monday night.

Red Cross Gladstone branch president Anthony Howard said he believed the offenders were looking for cash donations made to the organisation.

"They've broken the lock on the front door and hacked open the donations box, but fortunately it was empty as we don't keep any cash on the premises,'' he said.

Mr Howard said it was "disappointing and frustrating'' that thieves would attempt to rob a Red Cross office during an international appeal for victims of the Asian tsunamis.

"Obviously they were looking for money, because they also tried to get into the office, but luckily we had a steel bar installed down the edge of that door after the last time we were broken into, so they were unable to get in to that area,'' he said.

Mr Howard said while nothing was stolen, the cost of fixing the door and donation box would be an expense the charity organisation could ill-afford.

Gladstone police Sergeant Paul Ruge called the crime a particularly low act.

"It makes you wonder just how low some people will stoop when they target charity organisations,'' he said.



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