A WOMAN was caught on camera stealing clothes destined to be recycled for charity — and then dumping electrical equipment.
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Police are hunting the thief, who was driving an unregistered car with no tax.
The incident happened in the car park behind Sonning Common village hall just before 9.30pm on Sunday, November 24.
Parish clerk Philip Collings arrived for work the following morning to discover a huge collection of rubbish, including extractor fans and other electrical equipment, dumped next to a clothing recycling bin which raises money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
Mr Collings checked the footage from the CCTV, which was installed in October. He found film of the suspect, which showed her driving into the car park in a blue Vauxhall Corsa.
She is seen to get out the car and make three trips to dump all her rubbish on the ground. The woman then puts four bags of clothes that had been left by the charity bin in her car before driving away.
Mr Collings said: “We’ve got this complete video showing her coming in and dumping the stuff.
“She looks pleased with herself and no doubt gets 10 marks out of 10 for being home quickly with some potentially valuable clothing.
“We would love to know where she is because it would discourage her from doing it again.” He called the police but was told the car was not registered and it appeared not to have a tax disc in the camera footage.
The woman’s dumped rubbish filled half a transit van used to dispose of the waste.
Mr Collings said: “It has cost us money because we have to pay the waste wheeler to take it away and this woman has stolen four large sacks full of clothing that someone donated to a good cause.
“There are some excellent dumps around here that cost nothing other than petrol to go to. You don’t have to upset anyone else’s life by dumping stuff on their doorstep.”
Sonning Common Parish Council chairman Douglas Kedge said: “The clothes deposit is used for charitable purposes and shouldn’t be misused. Anyone who steals from that is reprehensible.”
There have also been problems with a British Heart Foundation recycling bin for books and DVDs in the car park. In August, it had to be replaced after it was set on fire and in October a woman who lives in Wood Lane had three glass panes in her greenhouse smashed by four hardback books that were thrown over the border fence.
That was the third such incident this year and 78-year-old Barbara Butler asked for the bin to be moved away from the fence.
The suspect is described by police as her late thirties to early forties with blonde hair and wearing an olive green parka-style coat with a fur collar. The car registration is R195 BMJ.Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police on 101.