STAFF and customers at a Hampton-in-Arden restaurant were left reeling after a walk-in thief brazenly stole a charity bottle containing £500.
The jar had been put on the bar counter at the The Beeches Bar and Grill, in Marsh Lane, to encourage customers to raise money for the village’s church fund and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Generous customers had donated the cash in support of five employees and the local vicar, the Rev Keith Claringbull, who are all set to undertake a parachute jump on Tuesday .
Owner Ian George said: “ The bottle was full of money, lots of notes, and was on the bar with a poster promoting it and the Solihull News story saying what it was for. Customers have been very generous.
“Someone came in yesterday with a motorcycle helmet on and gloves and grabbed it and ran off down the road. Someone had to have known. Now we are just looking to replace the money as we are doing the parachute jump on Tuesday. We told police but, as he was wearing a helmet and had gloves on there’s nothing they can do.”
The staff members including Ian and Mr Claringbull will make the 13,000ft jump at Brackley, Northamptonshire.
To sponsor the team, log on to www.
thebeecheshampton.co.uk where a payment option is available.