Two thieves have stolen a collection box from a 14-year-old girl who was trying to raise money for a youth golf tour planned for Scotland this year.
The young golfer was out collecting with her dad on December 30th in the 900 block of Yates Street in the mid afternoon.
They were using a jar to raise money at a table. While the girl was getting warm inside, the father stayed behind to mind the table.
A man dressed all in black approached the table, reached down, took the jar of money and fled the area. A man dressed all in grey is also believed to be involved in the theft.
The father gave chase but fell trying to catch the suspects.
VicPD released surveillance video of the crime:
It’s believed the suspect had attended the table earlier and asked the young golfer what they were raising money for before leaving and later returning to steal the money.
Police weren’t able to locate the suspects and are hoping the public will recognize the men seen in the photo.
Good news, however, the attending officer replaced the money the young golfer had raised.
“Folks, I am so touched by this strong community feeling I see here, cannot believe this! My co-worker showed me the Victoria Buzz post. My daughter, a grade 9 student will be attending the US Kids European Championship in Scotland in May-June 2017. She has been representing Canada in Junior World Golf Championships since 2012 and is a very passionate young golfer,” Shubha Hosalli, the young girl’s mom wrote on our Facebook page.
“My daughter is very proud she met such an officer. Though she is only 14, she believes sports does matter for a healthy community and a stronger Nation.”
If you witnessed the theft, or have any information, you are asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.