Charity bin raid lower than low

Lifeline Coral Coast Capricorn Business Manager Andrew Armstrong is sickened by the escalation of theft from charity bins.
Lifeline Coral Coast Capricorn Business Manager Andrew Armstrong is sickened by the escalation of theft from charity bins. Max Fleet

LIFELINE community workers were left questioning their faith in humanity after a series of seemingly planned raids on charity bins.

Brazen thieves have targeted three bins on Maynard St in the past week, cutting through large padlocks and making off with an estimated 750kg of second-hand goods.

Lifeline business manager Andrew Armstrong said he believed the raids were part of an organised hit by people reselling the goods in garage sales or at markets.

In the past, opportunistic thieves have targeted items lying near the bins. Mr Armstrong said the latest incident had the hallmarks of a planned raid.

“It appears bolt cutters have been used and they would have needed a ute or a trailer to get away with that amount of goods.”

Mr Armstrong said Lifeline employees and volunteers were at a loss as to how the perpetrators could justify stealing from the charity.

“Lifeline is an organisation dedicated to providing support services to the community,” he said.

“This is lower than low – it's like stealing from your own mother.”

The thieves first struck on Sunday night, stealing the contents of a bin near the Bundaberg Race Club.

Then on Wednesday night a replacement lock was cut and the contents stolen a second time.

A bin close to the nearby Martens Oval was also raided.

Mr Armstrong said the contents of the bins would potentially have yielded hundreds of dollars to fund the charity's community support services.

“When people stoop to this level, they are stealing from people in the community that need our services,” he said.

“They clearly have no morals, conscience or scruples.

“They don't seem to give a stuff about anyone.”

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