Due to the lack of CCTV covering the area where the grotto was situated, authorities believe it is unlikely that those culpable will be identified.
The reaction follows a report in the South Wales Guardian detailing the theft of presents from Santa’s Grotto in a shopping centre, leaving no gifts left to distribute to local children.
According to the article, Shopper’s World in Ammanford, South Wales was targeted by thieves who stole a large stack of chocolate boxes that were about to be given as presents to children at the Santa’s Grotto that had recently been set up. It is believed that around 20 selection boxes were taken from the shopping centre on the morning that the giveaway was scheduled to take place, leaving staff to break the news to those in attendance.
The Grotto was set up to raise funds for local football team, Ammanford AFC, with an initial budget of only £30. It had proved popular with families with young children, with over 30 coming each day up until the chocolate gifts were stolen on December 11th. Due to the lack of CCTV covering the area where the grotto was situated, authorities believe it is unlikely that those culpable will be identified.
A spokesperson for AlertSystems, experts in commercial security systems, has released a statement following the incident. “At a time of year when people are supposed to be thinking of others, an incident such as this is disheartening for a local community that has done so much to both bring joy and raise money to those who need it.
“An incident of theft is unacceptable in any situation, but these circumstances make it a particularly troubling one. The harsh reality of the situation is that a shopping centre should be well equipped to prevent these things happening, especially at Christmas when they will experience a huge surge in trade.
“It is a lesson to all those commercial properties that are acting without a sufficient security system in operation – here, it wasn’t the property that was damaged but the funds raised for a local football team and a day out for young children in the Christmas spirit.”
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