Appeal after store's charity box stolen.
THIS is the moment before a charity box was taken from a convenience store counter.
The theft happened in the early hours of May 31 at Usman Food Store on Yarm Lane, Stockton.
At 3.52am, a shop assistant was distracted before a charity box was snatched from the counter. It is believed a man wearing a grey hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms, who was in the story, may hold vital information.
Raja Ali was working at his family's store on the night.
The 23-year-old shop assistant said: "We're known as being a 24-hour shop. I had just served one customer when this lad, who was next in the queue, said he wanted to get some toothpaste.
"When I turned around, he just left.
"I didn't realise he'd taken something. "I watched the CCTV back and realised he'd taken the charity box for the mosque."
Raja said the box had almost been full and would have contained around PS30 to PS40 which was due to go to the Farooq E Azam Mosque and Islamic Centre in Stockton.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said the theft had been reported and the force was investigating.
Anyone with any information should call the non-emergency number 101.
It is believed this man may have information