At 1pm today Leichhardt Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mick O’Toole briefed the media saying, “At 3:45pm yesterday at Broadway, a 70-year-old male was selling raffle tickets for a charity called Kids With Cancer Charity. He had been there for most of the day and raised a substantial amount of money.
“CCTV footage shows a male and a female who approach the desk that the man was selling the raffle tickets from. They walk away and appear to hatch a scheme and come back and one of them distracts the charity worker, while the other one allegedly steals the proceeds of the sale of the tickets.
“The police have secured the tin that the money was kept in and they will analyse that for fingerprints and DNA.”
The victim was described as being “a bit shaken”.
Leichhardt Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Paul Pisanos, has described the theft as shameful.
“Stealing money from a children’s cancer charity is such a cruel and low act,” Det Insp Pisanos said.
“Honest hardworking Australians dug deep for a very worthwhile cause but now those much-needed funds have ended up in the hands of crooks.
“We will be doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice,” Det Insp Pisanos said.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leichardt Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The incident took place at the same shopping centre where 68-year-old security guard Hans Schulz was beaten to death
in June 2012.