Brisbane man catches charity thief

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, ninemsn
11:12am March 26, 2013
March 26, 2013: A tow-truck driver has caught a man filling his car with items left at Lifeline charity centre.

A Brisbane tow truck driver who caught a man stealing from a Lifeline charity centre in Brisbane yesterday said the theft was "as low as you can get".

Damon Koszyk was on the job when he saw a man outside a Lifeline centre in Loganholme, off the Pacific Highway, about 6am yesterday.

He told ninemsn that he first thought the man was himself donating goods but soon realised he was stealing items that had been left outside the charity.

"So I let him load his car right up and drove up there," he said.

The whole incident was captured on his dashcam and the men's exchange can be heard in the video.

"Are you stealing s---t from St Vinnies?" asks Mr Koszyk.

"I'm just taking what I want for myself," the man replies.

"Guess what mate, you ain't going nowhere. I'm calling the coppers, unless you put it all back now because that is just bulls---t.

"That's as low as you get mate."

The man reluctantly agrees to put the items back and begins the lengthy process of unloading furniture and other household items from the front seat, back seat and boot of his car.

Mr Koszyk said there was never any doubt in his mind that he should confront the man.

"I hate thieves and thieving off the poor is just wrong," he said.

He said he hoped to shame the man for what he did, and felt no sympathy toward him.

Mr Koszyk's 20-year-old daughter, proud of her dad’s actions, had cut the video together and uploaded it to YouTube after seeing the original footage.

Mr Koszyk said he had shown the video to Lifeline's manager, who was considering further action.

Source: Damon Koszyk

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Mark Worley

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