Thief stole instrument from Pock charity shop

Sue Ryder - Michelle with guitar
Sue Ryder - Michelle with guitar

A SHAMELESS thief has stolen a guitar from a charity shop which supports people with serious brain conditions.

The brand new £60 Chantry guitar was taken from the Sue Ryder charity shop in Pocklington Market Place on Friday afternoon, 18 November.

Shop manager, Michelle Richardson, was changing the window display that afternoon and believes the guitar was stolen some time between 1.30pm and 3pm.

She is disgusted and upset that anybody would steal from charity and pointed out that the money from the guitar sale could have gone towards the £200 daily cost of providing a bed at Holme Hall, a Sue Ryder care home in Holme Upon Spalding Moor which looks after adults with serious brain diseases such as MS, Huntington’s and Cerebral Palsy.

Michelle said: “It is such a disappointment, and to say we were gutted in the shop is an understatement.

“Myself and our volunteers all work so hard knowing that the money is all going to the Sue Ryder charity to help people who really need it.

“Can I ask if anyone recollects seeing anybody walking around with a guitar on that day, or has any information, please can they either report it to the police or the Sue Ryder shop in strictest confidence.”

The theft was reported to police who have studied the town’s CCTV cameras, but the footage did not throw up any clues as to who stole the guitar.