Van part theft costs hospice charity £3,000

From left, Mark Gower, of Spires Auto Centre, Louise Musgrove, Sobell’s trading manager, and Michael Barrett, the charity’s warehouse manager

From left, Mark Gower, of Spires Auto Centre, Louise Musgrove, Sobell’s trading manager, and Michael Barrett, the charity’s warehouse manager Buy this photo

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THIEVES left a hospice £3,000 out of pocket after stealing a catalytic converter from one of the charity’s vans.

The Witney-based vehicle is used to pick up large furniture donations to sell at Sobell House Hospice’s charity shops and is one of only two in the county.

The thief used a saw to cut the converter out, which will cost about £490 to replace, and did about £2,000 damage to the engine’s electrics.

Sobell has been unable to pick up donations for three days, costing the charity about £1,000 in lost trade.

The theft took place at the charity’s Witney warehouse in Station Lane on Sunday at about 8.45pm.

Louise Musgrove, Sobell trading manager, said: “I’m appalled that someone could do this.”

Spires Auto Centre in Witney attempted to replace the converter yesterday without charging for labour, but was unable to fix the damaged sensors.

The van has now gone to Mercedes-Benz dealership in Cassington to be repaired. The company has loaned a van to Sobell until the vehicle is fixed.

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9:46am Thu 4 Oct 12

mechcol says...

£2000 to replace a bit of wiring ? sensors are roughly a £100 each ,surely only cut the wires at cat and removed ,should have took to another local garage first for second view ,and they can always claim on insurance ...
£2000 to replace a bit of wiring ? sensors are roughly a £100 each ,surely only cut the wires at cat and removed ,should have took to another local garage first for second view ,and they can always claim on insurance ... mechcol
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11:54am Fri 5 Oct 12

Maggie49 says...

I am sure the Thieves didnt hang around to make sure they delicately removed the Cat or cause any unnecessary damage! Also Cassington is local so Mercedes would have been the second view!
I am sure the Thieves didnt hang around to make sure they delicately removed the Cat or cause any unnecessary damage! Also Cassington is local so Mercedes would have been the second view! Maggie49
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11:54am Fri 5 Oct 12

Maggie49 says...

I am sure the Thieves didnt hang around to make sure they delicately removed the Cat or cause any unnecessary damage! Also Cassington is local so Mercedes would have been the second view!
I am sure the Thieves didnt hang around to make sure they delicately removed the Cat or cause any unnecessary damage! Also Cassington is local so Mercedes would have been the second view! Maggie49
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