A "despicable" thief who raided charity clothing banks to sell on donated clothing has been jailed for three years.
Gintas Simkus, aged 39, travelled from his Manchester home to the Morrisons store in Buxton, Derbyshire, to fill his van with clothes which had been donated to good causes.
He was arrested after police noticed a van acting suspiciously in the car park of the store, and charged with conspiracy to steal and money laundering.
A jury at Derby Crown Court found him guilty yesterday after a five-day trial.
Det Cons Gary Thomas urged people not to be put off donating.
This was a despicable crime that struck at the heart of Derbyshire people’s generosity.
Not only is this crime disgraceful but it has far-reaching consequences, affecting the most vulnerable people in society.
The knock-on effect of this type of crime is that it will discourage members of the public from donating their much-needed unwanted clothing, which can be the lifeblood of charities across the country.
I would urge people to continue their good work helping both local and national charities and not be deterred by the actions of this criminal.
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