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Charity box with hundreds of euro for refugee crisis stolen from Dublin burrito bar

It is estimated the collection box had up to €450 in it.

Image: Little Ass Burrito via Facebook

A CHARITY BOX containing hundreds of euro collected in aid of the refugee crisis was stolen from a burrito restaurant in Dublin yesterday.

The Little Ass Burrito Bar on Dawson Street was one of a number of businesses that teamed up with Lovin Dublin for the #DublinForSyria campaign to raise money for Unicef’s Children Refugee Crisis Fund.

For each burrito sold over the weekend, Little Ass Burrito was pledging to donate €1 and had a collection box at the till so customers could match that donation if they wished to.

Philip Martin, owner of the restaurant, told TheJournal.ie he estimates there was between €300 and €450.

“We’ve raised money before but it’s particularly on the minds of people right now and people have been very generous towards the emergency drive,” he said.

While Martin acknowledged the jar should have been emptied, staff were obviously not expecting someone to steal the charity funds.

He said CCTV footage shows the person responsible and gardaí have been informed but he does not expect the money will be give back.

“It’s a shame now but the jar is back out again today and we’ll try to get a few more quid,” he said.

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