A heartless act

A heartless act


Armadale Community Animal Rescue Group op shop employees were disappointed to find boxes of donations taken from their shopfront over the WA Labor Day long-weekend.

Op shop manager Diane Yamaguchi said she was dismayed by the people’s actions.

“We went back and looked at the camera footage and you could see it delivered and see it going,” she said.

She said several different groups turned up over the weekend to take the items including a man on a bicycle, two women in a Holden Commodore and a man and woman in a Toyota Yarris.

Ms Yamaguchi said the two women worked hurriedly and tripped over themselves running in their thongs multiple times.

Staff first had an inkling something was wrong when a person came in to buy a massage table, believed to have been donated over the long weekend, but had allegedly been taken before they opened on Tuesday.

Security footage also revealed boxes of donations were dropped off at the storefront over the weekend but had allegedly been stolen by Tuesday.

She said the couple in the Toyota Yarris returned several times during the day and at night.

Ms Yamaguchi said she had spoken to police who said they would use the evidence to help prosecute the offenders.

She said money raised from the sale of donations would be used to fund Armadale Community Animal Rescue Inc on Railway Avenue.

The op shop had 10 to 15 volunteer employees and was not-for-profit.

A sister operation recently opened in Rockingham to provide microchips and sterilisation free to people who could not afford it.

She said taking donations from the front of the store hurt the op shop’s ability to take animals into the shelter and provide important care.

“I honestly don’t know how they lay straight in bed,” Ms Yamaguchi said.

“I felt worse after I saw the footage.”

“It’s just pure greed.”

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestoppers.com.au.