Charity box thief jailed

Alexander Hewitt
Alexander Hewitt
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A HOMELESS man has been jailed for 120 days for stealing two charity boxes.

Alexander Hewitt, 55, of no fixed abode, appeared at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Monday charged with two counts of theft after charity boxes were stolen from Harris Pantry, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe on November 22, 2011 and the Post Office, The Square, Scorton on December 10, 2011.

He pleaded guilty and asked for another 31 offences across Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire to be taken into consideration.

Hewitt was arrested after CCTV images of him were released in a witness appeal and colleagues at North Yorkshire Police contacted Lancashire officers to make them aware of his identity.

He was then seen by officers in Market Street, Lancaster, on February 9 and arrested.

PC Ben Hanley, Lancaster Police, said: “Charities rely on the generous donations made by the public and to steal money from such good causes, depriving them of much needed funds, is quite despicable.”

Anyone with information about crime is asked to contact police on the new number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.