THE MANAGER of a Kirkcaldy charity shop is looking to set up a new scheme to combat thieves.
Michelle Carr, who runs the DebRA charity store, which supports families affected by a rare genetic skin condition, in the High Street, told The Press she is ‘totally scunnered’ with people stealing goods which are being sold to support a worthwhile cause.
Michelle said she wants to set up an initiative with other charity shops in the town to share information about trouble-makers and thieves.
She said the problem has got steadily worse over the last few months.
“I couldn’t believe it last Thursday when someone actually stole the plug-in air fresheners we have in the shop!” she said.
“Recently we have had more stock stolen from us than we have actually sold. I was ready to hand in my notice at the end of last week because I have had enough. It is so upsetting every time it happens.
“We have contacted the police about this but it just feels like no-one can help. People are taking anything they can get their hands on.
“Mums are coming in with prams and are stuffing them full of clothes. It’s unbelievable.”
“This is the worst it has ever been and it’s time something was done.
‘‘This is why I want to try this information sharing scheme. I am planning to go to the police to get some advice about how I can start it off.”
Police Constable Elaine Duncan, of the retail crime unit, met with Ms Carr on Tuesday and is set to hold a meeting next week with managers from charity shops in the town centre to look at what can be done to help.
PC Duncan said: “One of the ideas we will be discussing is a ring round system whereby the shops can contact each other and the police and give descriptions of those acting suspiciously and we can respond quickly.”