Jail for theft of charity boxes

Alexander Hewitt

Alexander Hewitt

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A MAN who stole charity boxes in Poulton has been jailed for four months.

Alexander Hewitt, 55, of no fixed abode, appeared at Lancaster Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of theft.

Hewitt stole a Mencap charity box from Harris Pantry, on Whitelund industrial estate, Morecambe, on November 22 and a North West Air Ambulance charity box from Scorton’s post office on December 10.

He admitted the charges and asked for another 31 offences across Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire – including two in Poulton – to be taken into consideration.

Hewitt was arrested after CCTV images of him were released in a witness appeal and North Yorkshire Police contacted Lancashire officers to make them aware of his identity.

He was then seen by officers in Market Street, Lancaster, on February 9 and arrested.

PC Ben Hanley, of Lancaster Police, said: “Charities rely on the generous donations made by the public and to steal money from such good causes, depriving them of much needed funds, is quite despicable.”