'Knights in shining armour' chase and catch Pontnewydd charity box thief

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POST OFFICE worker has thanked her “knights in shining armour” who chased after the masked thief who targeted her store and stole a charity box.

Chris Thomas 37 and Mathew Millett, 23, who both work as gas engineers at Bron Afon Community Housing, were on their break outside the Maendy Square post office in Pontnewydd, when the drama unfolded.

Mr Thomas, from Croesyceiliog, said: “We were outside having a break and a chat and saw this guy acting a bit strange. He had a mask over his face riding a push bike. Next thing we know, a woman comes out of the post office crying.”

The Post office worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the experience was “terrifying”.

She said: “He just came in and I looked up from serving my customer and my heart just leapt out. He didn’t say anything to me.

“He had a black scarf around his face. At that point I thought oh my god, he’s going to hold us up. I was working on my own in the shop.

He then ran out with the Marie Curie daffodil charity box, thought to contain around £20.

“I went out and the two guys were there – I hadn’t long served one of them. They were my knights in shining armour.

They made sure I was OK then went after him.

“It was very terrifying. I was just in pieces. It totally shook me up.

“I’m always conscious as I work on my own. All my customers have been so concerned.”

The thief then cycled away, dropping the charity box and scattering daffodils as he was chased by Mr Thomas and Mr Millett.

Mr Thomas said: “We hadn’t seen the guy come out.

“We ran down and caught up with him and his bike. He fell off the bike and put his hand in his pocket and said I’ll shoot you.

“I put my hand on his hand and he ran off and left his bike.

“It’s disgusting. I think he was hoping for a bit more.”

Gwent Police said they were called at 12.15pm on March 27 to the Post Office at Maendy Square shops to a report of a theft of a charity box.

The Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “A man went into the store and stole the charity box. The box was recovered after being dropped.”

Enquiries are ongoing. If anyone has information, call the police on 101 quoting log number 173/273.

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9:59am Sat 19 Apr 14

Sally121 says...

Dirty little scumbag. Perhaps a member of his family will need the help of this charity one day.
Dirty little scumbag. Perhaps a member of his family will need the help of this charity one day. Sally121
  • Score: 16

11:51am Sat 19 Apr 14

displayed says...

POST OFFICE worker has thanked her “knights in shining armour” who chased after the masked thief who targeted her store and stole a charity box.

Sfunny, I always thought "charity" begins at home, not in a Post office.............
POST OFFICE worker has thanked her “knights in shining armour” who chased after the masked thief who targeted her store and stole a charity box. Sfunny, I always thought "charity" begins at home, not in a Post office............. displayed
  • Score: -29

2:37pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sooty001 says...

Should have give the little toe rag a talking too ( if you know what I mean )
Should have give the little toe rag a talking too ( if you know what I mean ) sooty001
  • Score: 11

6:30pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jimmysmith says...

another dirty junkie no doubt ,
another dirty junkie no doubt , jimmysmith
  • Score: 14

8:21pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Gasguy says...

Well done to Mathew and Chris, it's too easy to feel like you ought to stand aside these days in case these little wannabes are armed, but it shows that when you have a genuine sense of community spirit and a desire to protect the area in which you live you can show these dregs that there are many decent examples of humanity around who won't stand for their actions.
Well done to Mathew and Chris, it's too easy to feel like you ought to stand aside these days in case these little wannabes are armed, but it shows that when you have a genuine sense of community spirit and a desire to protect the area in which you live you can show these dregs that there are many decent examples of humanity around who won't stand for their actions. Gasguy
  • Score: 16

9:46am Sun 20 Apr 14

keithbob says...

just another dreg on our society,staeling from any charity is the lowest of the low.and 'displayed'.what a prat!
just another dreg on our society,staeling from any charity is the lowest of the low.and 'displayed'.what a prat! keithbob
  • Score: 7

4:20pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Dolieboy says...

He probably bought the bike specially for his robbery. Probably cost him about £100
He probably bought the bike specially for his robbery. Probably cost him about £100 Dolieboy
  • Score: -3

11:46am Mon 21 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Well done to those guys! I'm a bit concerned that a worker was left on her own, though - don't the Post Office do risk assessments that include the possible hazards of lone working for each of their employees? I would imagine that at work premises where a substantial amount of money is held there would need to be more than one person working on-site and possibly even trained security staff. In such times of economic depravation this may be costly, but surely no amount of profit is worth more than another human being's life?
Well done to those guys! I'm a bit concerned that a worker was left on her own, though - don't the Post Office do risk assessments that include the possible hazards of lone working for each of their employees? I would imagine that at work premises where a substantial amount of money is held there would need to be more than one person working on-site and possibly even trained security staff. In such times of economic depravation this may be costly, but surely no amount of profit is worth more than another human being's life? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

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