Homeless pair who stole collection box from Grantham church are jailed
A homeless duo who stole money from a church charity collection box have been jailed for four weeks each.
Rianne Kiddle, 24, and Paul Burns, 38 both of no fixed address, were charged with a theft from St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham, which took place on Monday (28 January.)
The church's Alms Box, which is where donations are collected for the church and community, was broken into on Monday afternoon. It's believed that it was smashed using a stone wrapped in a scarf which may have been taken from the 'Church Keep Warm' charity rail.
The pair appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ court yesterday (31 January) where they both received a four week prison sentence in relation to the theft.
PC 47 Chris Bayes-Walker, investigating officer, wanted to praise all those involved, whose actions allowed Lincolnshire Police to deliver swift justice in particular to the 'diligent efforts of South Kesteven CCTV in locating the perpetrators.'
PC Bayes-Walker said, “I would like to pass on my thanks to St Wulframs Church and PCSO Rogers for securing the CCTV on the day of the theft and especially to SKDC CCTV.
"I reviewed the footage and passed them the description of who I was looking for and within an hour they had located Kiddle and Burns and directed me and my colleagues to their location.
"Without the CCTV operators actions we would have struggled to identify the offenders and would not have located them in such a timely manner.”