Men steal donation tin from bank

A PAIR who allegedly robbed a bank at the weekend chose to steal $89 in donations to Queensland flood victims rather than the most obvious source of cash.

Ryan McCarty,26, and Michael Young, 35, from Lismore, allegedly broke into the Westpac Bank on Molesworth Street, Lismore, at 9pm on Sunday.

Police claim they stole two laptop computers, a six-pack of beer, the charity tin and enclosed cash and additional property.

Cash in the tin was raised for Queensland's flood victims.

An hour later, the pair were caught walking across Fawcett Creek Bridge by two police officers, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager acting Detective Inspector Bernadette Ingram said.

The pair were refused bail at Lismore Local Court yesterday and their cases will be mentioned again on March 8.

McCarty was also charged with break and enter, commit a serious indictable offence and receive stolen property for an alleged incident at the Centre Church, on Molesworth Street, Lismore, two weeks earlier.

Between January 1 and January 3, McCarty is alleged to have forced his way into the church and stolen four guitars, an amplifier and cash worth a total of $8400.

The property has since been returned to the church, much to the delight of Pastor Rod Dymock.

“We believe it's an answer to prayer that the goods were recovered.” he said.

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