Thief tried to steal charity bag from doorstep

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BE on your guard for bogus charity collectors – that’s the warning after a women in Border Way, Kirkintilloch, rumbled a conman trying to steal a bag of clothes she had left out for a children’s charity.

The woman said: “I saw a man coming down the path and when I opened the door and said good morning, he said ‘thank you’ in a foreign accent.

“When I asked him if he had any form of identification he said ‘yes’ and went to a white van. He dropped the bag and got in the van and started rummaging around. Then he drove off like a rocket.”

The bogus charity worker called at the woman’s home at about 8.30am last Monday (April 16).

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide free accommodation for families with seriously ill children in hospital, close to the children’s hospital ward.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “We are looking into these allegations as a matter of urgency and will take any action necessary to resolve the matter.”

He added: “We would urge members of the public to be sure that the collector carries ID specifying they are collecting on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the vehicle displays the charity logo.

“The collector should be wearing a charity t-shirt and carry ID.

“If not, please ask to be shown identification.”

Residents who suspect something suspicious can call Ronald McDonald House Charities on 0121 253 3591 or email

Police have asked that householders try and take note of details including a description of the person and the make, model and registration of a vehicle they are using.

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