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Thief steals takings from Camden Town charity shop

Mind in Camden staff ask: Who would steal from a charity shop?

02 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Colin Flower and Monika Pokorna with Shisha

A HEARTLESS thief stole a day’s takings from a mental health charity shop in Camden Town.

Mind in Camden manager Monika Pokorna said more than £450 in cash was taken from the downstairs office, as well as a collection pot of change for for the shop’s two ginger cats, Shisha and Harry.

Ms Pokorna, who has worked in the shop in Camden Road for 10 years, said: “It was a whole day’s takings, and it had been such a good day too. They just went downstairs and chanced it. No one is supposed to go down there but there’s so much going on you can get distracted. Who steals from a charity shop?”

The Mind in Camden Shop raises crucial funds for Mind, the mental health charity which helps some of the borough’s most vulnerable people.

The shop is a treasure chest of extraordinary and unique bits and bobs and high quality second hand clothing. There is a special section for “cool, weird and funky” items.

Ms Pokorna said the theft happened on Wednesday, adding: “There is no CCTV. I’ve been round to Greenland Road to see the police and they asked if anyone was acting suspiciously. I laughed: ‘This is Camden Town!’”

In 2015, thieves tunnelled through the wall of the charity shop to steal thousands of pounds from the neighbouring bureau de change. Crooks slithered through a two-foot wide hole in the wall connecting the shops. No one was ever caught for the Hatton Garden-style heist.

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