Theft from charity shop

PUBLISHED: 10:19 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

A SEATON charity shop had mixed fortunes in one week, receiving a donated item worth £500 and having their 1950s prop doll stolen.

A SEATON charity shop had mixed fortunes in one week, receiving a donated item worth £500 and having their 1950s prop doll stolen.An 18 carat gold bracelet, weighing 42 grams, was donated to the store and valued at a local jeweller's for £500 - for which the item was bought.During the same week, the china doll in the front window, which was not for sale, was stolen. Store manager Teresa Denning said: "We are very grateful for people's generosity. We don't know who bought the bracelet in. But, if it were gift- aided, it would have got another £140 from the government."Staff will be putting in place a system whereby donations will be automatically gift-aided, gaining 28p per £1 of the value.On a gloomier note, staff were upset by the theft of their prop doll, which was dressed for varying occasions.Mrs Denning added: "It makes me feel saddened that people need to steal from a charity shop - or to need to steal at all. We never valued the doll - and that's why we didn't sell it. But we would welcome anybody who could bring the doll back!"Assistant manager Eve Deanus added: "We were very busy that day, but that's no excuse. It's the first time anything has been stolen since we first opened - when a skirt was taken."But the business is still flourishing. Within one year, the shop has managed to get back the setting up costs and is now making a profit.Mrs Deanus said she was grateful to everyone who had supported the shop and for the hard work of the volunteers.


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