Penwortham knicker thief steals from charity display in Preston
A small time underwear thief is being hunted after stealing a display of pink bras and knickers.
The hooded culprit was captured on camera shimmying up a pole before helping himself to the washing line strewn with women's lingerie during the early hours.
The charity display at the Pristine Car Wash in Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, had been in aid of "Paint Penwortham Pink" to highlight Breast Cancer Now.
Over 100 local shops and businesses in the area had all donated £20 to the cause in order to turn the town pink for a week in October - which also marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pristine Car Wash owner Louise Pratt, 35, of Penwortham, said she could not believe it when she arrived at work on Friday.
She said: "It really is crazy. He came on the premises and didn't even look around. As you can see it would take some skill to freestyle up a tall pole. It's quite a tall structure. He was on a mission to get it."
Upon checking CCTV the thief was spotted at 2.24am as he brazenly leapt over a gate and walked onto the premises.
Without hesitation he can then be seen walking towards the pole before he begins to scale it before pinching the undergarments.
Miss Pratt said she wanted the offender publicly exposed for stealing from a charitable cause.
She added: "I don't think he was drunk because he wouldn't have been able to climb it. Some people have wondered if he did it to jeopardise our chances in the competition but there are tons of other businesses in the area that look fantastic."
The missing underwear is yet to be found but a replacement display has since been put up in time for the judging of the displays.
The incident has been reported to Lancashire Police.