Pub charity box thief jailed

Claire Bolton landlady at Bath Springs pub, Bryn, is angry after a customer stole money from a Make a Wish charity box on the bar, pictured with the box which the man cut through to gain the cash
Claire Bolton landlady at Bath Springs pub, Bryn, is angry after a customer stole money from a Make a Wish charity box on the bar, pictured with the box which the man cut through to gain the cash
  • Thief caught out by CCTV and DNA blood match
  • Emptied charity box from bar using knife blade
  • Received 22-week sentence

A WIGAN man who helped himself to the contents of a charity box from a pub bar has started a jail sentence.

Anthony Berry, of Garswood Road, Ashton, sliced open the box for Make A Wish cancer charity using stanley knife blades.

I have never seen anything like it, all that just for the sake of seven or eight quid

Pub landlady Claire Bolton

He was captured on CCTV after staff at the Bath Springs pub in Bryn raised concerns and checked the footage.

It was estimated that £8 was taken.

The 34-year-old received a 22 week sentence at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this week. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of theft.

Landlady Claire Bolton had said it was “beyond belief” someone would choose do commit a crime like this.

Speaking following the incident in March, she said: “I have had pubs in Wigan borough and elsewhere in Lancashire and of course you do get some incidents where items have been taken.

“But I have never seen anything like this; stealing from a charity box, all that just for the sake of seven or eight quid. It’s essentially a trust box.”

Berry was identified by CCTV footage and by blood stains left on the knife blades used to open the box through DNA tests.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A member of staff stated she had heard a rustling sound coming from the bar area where Anthony Berry was stood.

“At that point, the CCTV was checked and showed Berry entering the communal area of the toilets, take something out of his pocket and replace it.

“After Berry had left the pub, it was discovered that a charity box situated on the bar where Berry had been stood had been damaged and the contents of the box taken.

“The box had been sliced open and stanley knife blades were discovered on the carpet nearby. These blades had traces of fresh blood on them.”