Thieves steal charity money during micropub break-in

Thieves steal charity money during micropub break-in

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:06pm 12th December 2019.

Charity money has been stolen during a break-in at a micropub in Dorchester.

The Convivial Rabbit in Trinity Street were targeted overnight on Saturday.

Thieves took the proceeds from ticket sales for Dorchester Beerex and as well as two charity collection boxes.

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Dorchester Beerex 2020 chairman Les Fry said:

"This break-in at the Convivial Rabbit is very disappointing for proprietors Nigel and Nicky Baker and all members of the Beerex organising team who work extremely hard to raise much needed funds for our nominated charity, which this year is Dorset Mind. 

"We hope that whoever stole the money from the ticket sales will reflect on their actions and return the money." 

The thieves broke in by cutting through security bars over a window to gain entry, and then set about hunting out the money which was well hidden inside. 

No drinks or other items were stolen.

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Nigel Baker said:

"Nicky and myself felt sickened on Sunday morning when we arrived at the pub. 

"We felt violated by the intrusion and devastated that money going to charitable causes was targeted, particularly at this time of year. 

"We have just celebrated our third year of trading and are delighted to sell Beerex tickets to help raise valuable funds for a local charity."

Organisers of Beerex are urging other small businesses in the Dorchester area to be vigilant of their security measures and anybody with information leading to the recovery of the money to contact Dorset police. 

Customers who have still to purchase their tickets may still do so at the Convivial Rabbit, Bakers Arms, Brace of Butchers, The Dog House (Weymouth) or online via  www.camrawdorset.org.uk