Money reserved for a donation to the Meaford Hospital Foundation was stolen in a break-in downtown Thornbury on Sunday night.
The thief or thieves broke a small window at the back of the Grey Heron Natural Design store on Bruce St. and stole $325 cash and some silent auction items including iPod speakers.
Store owner Karen Farmilo said the cash, from ticket sales, and silent auction items were designated for the International Women’s Day event at the Beaver Valley Community Centre this Saturday. She said she is still making a catalogue of the items left, and isn’t sure what else was stolen.
Farmilo arrived on Monday morning, March 2, to find the broken window. She called the police from a neighbouring business and waited for them to come.
A motion sensor triggered an alarm when she and the police entered the building, but the alarm did not sound during the break-in.
The suspect made a mess looking through boxes and bags in the desk at the back. Some jewelry kept in the desk was also stolen.
Farmilo’s computer was not taken and the suspect did not go to the merchandise section of the store where there were more motion sensors. The window that was broken was only about 20 inches high and 20 inches wide.
“I guess this kind of thing is always sort of unexpected,” said Farmilo. She sent an email out to the Business Improvement Association suggesting that the downtown businesses should work harder to watch out for each other to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
“Disappointing that this [money] was for the foundation donation,” said Farmilo.
“Hopefully we will be able to have a great day and make a good donation to the hospital foundation in spite of this.”
The International Women’s Day event will be at the Beaver Valley Arena on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction will go to The Meaford Hospital Foundation and Harmony North Chorus.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to this event can call Karen Farmilo at 519-599-3443 or email her at [email protected]