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Police Appeal For Information On Melbourne Pair After Bushfire Charity Box Stolen

Police Appeal For Information On Melbourne Pair After Bushfire Charity Box Stolen

Police are appealing for information after a couple appear to have been caught on CCTV stealing a charity box which had been used for donations to the Australian bushfire appeal.

Victoria Police released the footage in a bid to identify the brazen thieves, who were seen walking hand in hand into the restaurant in Frankston, Melbourne.

It was shared with the caption: "Recognise these two? Police from Frankston are appealing for public assistance after a charity tin for the recent fires was stolen from a fast food restaurant in Frankston on Monday."

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They make their way to the counter and the man can be seen pushing the charity box towards the woman. He then picks it up off the counter and the woman 'discreetly' opens her bag up. The video then cuts to a different camera which shows the man has very distinct tattoos on his calves.

Credit: Victoria Police
Credit: Victoria Police

The incident comes as people worldwide have been donating to help the effort in Australia, with funds going towards the volunteer firefighters, as well as numerous animal hospitals that have been caring for injured wildlife.

Among the various celebrities that have pledged money to the country, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and P!nk.

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This week, billionaire James Packer contributed one of the biggest sums of money towards the bushfire crisis. The casino mogul, on behalf of the Packer family and Crown Resorts Foundation, has donated a whopping AU $5 million (£2.6m) to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

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He told the Daily Telegraph: "Australians are digging deep to support each other in these tough times, it's truly inspiring.

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"My family and Crown are eager to do more and the best way we can help, is to significantly increase our donation.

"We hope these funds play a small part in helping our fire fighters, and easing the suffering of people who have lost their homes and the poor wildlife caught up in the blaze. We just want to do our bit."

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The federal government has also stepped up with a AU $2 billion (£1.05bn) funding package that will directly help those affected by the bushfires.

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency will work with state and federal agencies to ensure that people who have been involved in the devastating crisis will be able to rebuild their lives.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday: "If further funds are required, further funds will be provided.

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"We're focused on the financial cost, we're focused on the human costs, and ensuring we can do everything we can, as quickly as we can, to support that recovery effort."

You can find more information on how to help those affected by the bushfires here.

Featured Image Credit: Victoria Police

Topics: Bushfires, crime, Australia

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