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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Moment well-dressed man uses suit jacket 'to steal charity box' from bar counter

Laura Larkin

Published 07/01/2016 | 10:12

CCTV stills show the alleged theft of a Meals on Wheels charity box at the Holy Cross Bar outside Waterford city
CCTV stills show the alleged theft of a Meals on Wheels charity box at the Holy Cross Bar outside Waterford city

This shocking CCTV footage appears to show a man stealing a charity collection box from a bar counter.

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The incident occurred on Monday in the Holy Cross Bar and Restaurant in Butlerstown, just outside Waterford city.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is due to appear in Waterford District Court on January 26.

During the video, a well-dressed man, in a suit and tie, is seen drinking a free pint of cordial and moving his jacket over the box, which collects money for a local Meals on Wheels charity.

The man can be seen checking out his surroundings numerous times during the video, which runs for more than six minutes, and looks around the bar several times.

When given his drink, he is forced to pull a stool over to the counter as there are no seats in that particular area of the bar.

On finishing his drink the man picks up his jacket and the box and leaves the bar seemingly with both tucked under his arm.

Bar manager Isabelle Bohill spoke to the Herald and said that locals were "disgusted" by the events.


It is not known how much money was in the box but it is regularly collected and replaced by the charity.

"Everybody is just disgusted by it, it's such a horrible thing to do and for such a good charity," Ms Bohill said. "It's just awful."

The family-run pub now plans to host a fundraiser to compensate the local organisation for the money they have lost.

Ms Bohill said that the bar owners were pleased that the incident had been captured so fully on CCTV.

The Meals on Wheels charity is run from Lady Lane House in Waterford city, a non-profit organisation which provides a range of services to elderly people in the Co Waterford and south Kilkenny area.

As well as meals on wheels for elderly or vulnerable local people, the group also run bingo nights and other social events.

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