Police investigating stolen bushfire charity tins, NSW

Police are appealing for information after two bushfire charity tins were stolen from a business near Wollongong overnight.

A security alarm was activated at a premises on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail, after a glass door was smashed at the rear of the property around 3.00am this morning.

Police say two charity tins for the Rural Fire Service and recent fire appeal were taken from the counter, before the alleged offender fled on foot.


Officers are now investigating, and calling on anyone with information about a man wearing an aqua hooded jumper, blue jeans and black and white Nike shoes around the time of the incident.

Lake Illawarra Police District Acting Inspector Matt Brophey said anyone with information is urged to contact police.

“Our neighbouring communities have been devastated by recent bushfires and for someone to target those who are vulnerable is quite simply disgusting,” Acting Inspector Brophey said.

“We have seen our community rally together in recent times to support those in need, so to see an act like this is extremely disappointing.

“We will continue to investigate, and we are urging anyone with information that could lead to legal action to get in touch.”

CCTV footage of the robbery is below.

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