VIDEO: Charities bag share of £20k shoplifting haul

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Numerous local charities have received an unusual boost in the form of donations of shoplifted clothes, household goods and other items.

The haul, estimated to be worth around £20,000, was seized back in October, 2012, by police who searched the home of a woman caught shoplifting in the town.

Ballymena PSNI Inspector Alison Ferguson pictured with Town Centre warden Billy Hamilton and Constable Chris Glasgow amidst the �20,000 worth of shoplifted items seized by police which are being returned to shops or donated to local charities.

Ballymena PSNI Inspector Alison Ferguson pictured with Town Centre warden Billy Hamilton and Constable Chris Glasgow amidst the �20,000 worth of shoplifted items seized by police which are being returned to shops or donated to local charities.

During sentencing, the judge ordered disposal of the stolen goods and the decision was taken to return items to retailers who could identify them as having been their property and to donate the remainder to local charities including Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army, and Women’s Aid.

On Wednesday their representatives were invited to a central location by Ballymena PSNI to take their pick from the huge selection of clothes, shoes, handbags, toiletries, household items and fancy goods, most of which were still labelled and in excellent condition.

 

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