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Downham Garden Centre has posted CCTV footage of two men seemingly taking charity boxes and are keen to find out further information.

Although the incident happened on Sunday, staff were not aware until Tuesday that the charity boxes were missing.

The two men are shown entering the shop at about 1.30pm. They are both close to both the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue charity boxes from the counter.

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Simon Emmerson, garden centre proprietor, said: "There were three members of staff going backwards and forwards and walking in and out.

"The men came in and were mingling with other customers who were chatting to the parrot behind the front desk.

"They obviously waited until there were no staff and customers about and took the boxes on the front counter near the till.

The Downham Market Garden Centre Credit: Facebook (57205008)
The Downham Market Garden Centre Credit: Facebook (57205008)

"I don't know how much would have been in the boxes as they are for charity and we are not allowed to open them.

"I know there were a few notes in one of them. The police are coming on Friday.

"We didn't twig until yesterday as we were very busy Sunday and Monday so nobody twigged.

Downham Market Garden Centre is appealing for information after charity boxes have been taken. (57205583)
Downham Market Garden Centre is appealing for information after charity boxes have been taken. (57205583)

"Then a member of staff asked me 'where are the charity boxes, have you moved them?'

"The men had obviously looked at them and knew what they were coming in for, scouting about."

Mr Emmerson's Facebook said: "They drove in, in their nice clean 21 plate Toyota Yaris ... one checked to see which boxes were heavy enough to be worth pinching, put the two boxes under his coat before leaving.

"What I haven't shown, was the other members of the general public and staff members walking around them. They chose their moment wisely and left.

"Feel free to share this post as much as possible, as it's a Norfolk registered reg plate and they may be nice and local.

"If you know any information regarding these men, please feel free to message me from the shop's FB page."



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