Month: July 2019

The two newest disabled MPs in the House of Common

The two newest disabled MPs in the House of Common

first_imgThe two newest disabled MPs in the House of Commons have backed a call for the government to reopen a fund that helped politicians meet the disability-related costs they face when campaigning for election.Labour MPs Marsha de Cordova and Jared O’Mara have both sponsored an early day motion (EDM) which demands that the government reopens the Access to Elected Office Fund (AEOF).For both de Cordova (pictured) and O’Mara, the EDM was the first one they signed after becoming MPs.Another disabled MP, the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd, who was re-elected after losing his seat in 2015, has also signed the EDM, which was drawn up by the Green party co-leader and MP Caroline Lucas.The fund, which provided grants of up to £40,000 for disability-related costs for disabled people standing for the UK parliament and in other English elections, has been closed since the 2015 general election, supposedly while the government evaluates its success.The EDM notes that disabled people are under-represented in the House of Commons, despite the election of O’Mara, de Cordova and Lloyd, and calls for more to be done to “encourage a diverse mix of local, regional and national election candidates that better reflects the society we live in”.There are currently only about six MPs who self-identify as disabled people, including the Tory MPs Robert Halfon and Paul Maynard, and Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marie Rimmer, although others have spoken of having long-term health conditions, such as the prime minister, Theresa May, and Labour’s shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, who both have diabetes.O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, had to fund his own taxi fares during his general election campaign – which cost him a couple of hundred pounds – and pay for another £1,000 in taxi fares during his much longer election campaign for a seat on Sheffield City Council last year.He said he had signed the EDM “without hesitation”, and that reopening the fund was “not much to ask”, particularly when many other candidates have more complex needs than he does.He said: “There’s not a flood of disabled candidates for councils and parliamentary elections. It’s a minuscule expense.“We need to be moving to a lot more disabled people in parliament, in council chambers, in the interests of representative democracy and diversity and equality.”He added: “The costs arising from having any impairment should be no barrier to taking part in democracy and restoration of this fund is very much inexpensive and of utmost importance to our shared goal of true equality in the United Kingdom.”He said he was “very keen” to campaign for greater diversity of MPs, and not just for more disabled MPs and councillors, but “all under-represented cross-sections”, such as transgender people, younger people, Roma, Sikhs and Poles, so there is a “truly representative democracy”.Lucas said: “Though the representation of disabled people in Parliament is improving, there’s still a huge amount of work to do.“The government’s prevarication on this issue is bewildering.“We should be doing all we can to help people with disabilities stand for office, but instead ministers have refused to reinstate this scheme.“Our democracy is enhanced when MPs reflect the communities they represent and we should be doing all we can to increase the number of disabled MPs to reflect the levels of disability in Britain.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, welcomed the EDM.She said: “The Access to Elected Office Fund needs to be brought back now.“Disabled people are not heard enough in the corridors of power. The Commons is not representative of the UK population. It will make better quality decisions when it is.”Two years ago, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), in its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life, called for the fund to be reopened.And some of the disabled candidates standing in last month’s general election described how the government’s failure to reopen the fund had damaged their chances of election.Meanwhile, a Scottish version, the Access to Elected Office Fund (Scotland), which is run by Inclusion Scotland and funded by the Scottish government, has been providing financial support for disabled candidates for Scottish local and devolved elections.It provided support for a total of 44 potential candidates in this year’s Scottish local elections, with 39 of them going on to be selected as candidates and 15 being successfully elected.The Government Equalities Office, which was responsible for the AEOF, has refused to comment.last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to

first_imgJeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to discuss Brexit for an hour this evening, as the government confirmed that the withdrawal agreement bill would be brought forward in June.Following the meeting, a Downing Street spokesman said: “We will… be bringing forward the withdrawal agreement bill in the week beginning the 3rd June. It is imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer parliamentary recess.“Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive. Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the withdrawal agreement bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU.”Shortly afterwards, a Labour spokesperson commented: “The Labour leader set out the shadow cabinet’s concerns about the Prime Minister’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement.“In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments, following statements by Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers seeking to replace the Prime Minister.“Jeremy Corbyn made clear the need for further movement from the government, including on entrenchment of any commitments. The Prime Minister’s team agreed to bring back documentation and further proposals tomorrow.”The Prime Minister was issued a further reminder of Tory opposition to a permanent customs union today, when senior Conservative MPs wrote a letter setting out their objections to such a deal, while Corbyn has also come under pressure from his own side to end the cross-party Brexit talks.Although the two main leaders are themselves not far apart on Brexit, parliamentarians from their respective parties are increasingly concerned about the electoral consequences and willing to publicly voice such anxieties.Tories are worried about The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which is currently polling way ahead of every other party in European election voting intentions. The pressure has given a boost to ‘hard’ Brexit views among Conservatives.Meanwhile, many Labour MPs are worried about Remain-supporting voters switching to anti-Brexit parties. Keir Starmer and Tom Watson have estimated that up to 150 Labour MPs would refuse to vote for a Brexit deal that did not have another referendum attached.It is understood that, in the meeting with May tonight, Corbyn rejected any suggestion that Labour would support the withdrawal agreement bill without prior agreement. This might suggest that the Prime Minister would be taking a significant risk by introducing the key legislation.However, the Spectator has reported tonight: “Theresa May’s official spokesman hinted that the chances of passing the EU withdrawal agreement bill without Labour support were increasing.”Alternatively, there is the possibility that Labour could amend the bill to its satisfaction – adding customs union membership, close relationship with the single market, and other details that would allow the deal to meet Corbyn’s five demands on which the ongoing negotiations have been based.Whether this has a chance of success depends on whether enough MPs would be willing to vote for Labour’s Brexit plan without it being subject to another referendum. Such a scenario could see Labour’s ‘customs union etc’ amendment pass, a ‘public vote’ amendment fall and then the whole bill rejected as a result.With cross-party negotiations set to fail, relying on either Conservative or Labour votes in the Commons to get the WAB through is unlikely to produce a positive outcome for the Prime Minister. A Tory leadership race could then take place over the summer.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

Money Raised Distribution Delayed After Ghost Ship Fire

Money Raised Distribution Delayed After Ghost Ship Fire

first_img Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “Of the 400+ forms already received, many have been fraudulent and have slowed down the process immensely,” the organization said in response to the delayed distribution,  adding that it will request additional documentation from those who are eligible before the aid will be disbursed.After the 22nd and Mission Fire on January 28, 2015, a private individual Zachary Crockett,  launched a crowd-funding drive and raised more than $180,000 for the some 65 tenants displaced by that fire.  A first distribution of that money was not made until a month later by the Mission Economic Development Agency.Gabriel Medina, the agency’s policy manager, said he can sympathize with “a lot of Gray Area’s troubles.” “They are dealing with 400 recipients, we were only dealing with 70,” he said, referring to another Mission fire at 29th and Mission streets that displaced some 70 people on June 18, 2016.  The agency was again tasked with distributing the funds raised in a combination of community donations and a crowdfunding campaign.Particularly with Crowdfunding campaigns, Medina said that the disbursement process can often be drawn out. “You’re dealing with these private crowdfunding companies who have a long process for transferring the money and there’s also the optimism that you want to keep [the campaign] open as long as possible to continue to raise funds,” he said. Once a campaign is closed, the company first takes its cut. “When you have all your eggs in one basket [with only a] crowdfunding platform, that complicates things,” he said. “But when you have checks [and donations] coming in from separate platforms, [distribution] is quicker.”Additionally, there are legal implications that prevent a nonprofit such as MEDA and Gray Area from distributing the money directly to aid recipients. “We can’t give direct cash to specific people,” he said. “If you’re just giving out money, especially for a nonprofit it, could endanger that status.”Medina said that his agency learned a lot from the 22nd and Mission fire, after which it established the Mission Fire Fund, a disaster relief program, as a cushion for future fire relief. Because processes were already in place and the agency had been advised on its legal rights of managing the relief funds after that fire, it was able to react quickly when the 29th and Mission fire struck.The donations received for that fire amounted to $140,000, and tenants received an initial round of checks pulled from community donations a month later. Two more rounds of checks were distributed in September and in December, the remainder of a crowdfunding effort.“There’s definitely a real urgency to get things out in the first month, that’s when funds are the most necessary – it’s a higher need period,” said Medina.  While his agency managed to disburse funds to tenants displaced by both fires in a month’s time, he added: “There is no guide book for this” in support of Gray Area’s efforts.MEDA also benefitted from a collaboration between various Mission housing organizations and the Red Cross, which allowed the agency to have access to the list of recipients quickly.  Unlike the Ghost Ship fire, there were no casualties in the 29th and Mission fire, said Medina, which also facilitated the process. “We didn’t need the next-of-kin information and already [received] legal advice from the 22nd and Mission fire,” he said. Medina added that staff capacity could also be an issue for Gray Area, which reported hiring two employees and setting up a committee dedicated to managing the the Ghost Ship fire fund.  At MEDA, staff time dedicated to helping the fire relief efforts and funding capacity allowed the agency to expedite funds for distribution while deposits from the crowdfunding campaign were still pending. Gray Area launched its online fundraiser hours after news of the fire broke, with the initial goal of raising $10,000. That goal was notably exceeded, and the organization told the East Bay Express that efforts to connect with the displaced tenants and the families of those who were killed were initially stalled by East Bay government agencies, which refused to release the victims’ information until January 2. As of January 25, the Ghost Ship Crowdfunding campaign remained open. Josette Melchor, Gray Area’s director, told the East Bay Express that distribution of the money will begin next month.  “There needs to be more systematic programming from cities and counties to develop this [process] so that the community can come together around [disaster],” said Medina, adding that he hopes governments will “look at how they can make these processes sustainable for non-profits.” 0%center_img A crowdfunding campaign launched by the Mission’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts yielded $900,000 for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people on December 2– but with the two-month anniversary of the fire coming up next week, those funds have yet to be distributed, according to the East Bay Express. The East Bay Express reported on Tuesday that at least one tenant displaced from the warehouse that housed some 20 artists and served as a workspace for many more told the publication that they had not received aid promised to them by the art and technology nonprofit, located at 2665 Mission St.It’s unclear if others have received aid – in a press release issued by Gray Area on January 25, the organization confirmed that it had received some 400 applications for relief, out of which 136 were qualified.  Intake forms continue to be available on the organization’s website until  March 7. The relief allocation will go to victims injured in the fire, the biological families of the deceased victims, and tenants of the warehouse that have been displaced.last_img read more

MIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints forwa

MIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints forwa

first_imgMIKE Rush once again paid tribute to Saints’ forward line as they secured back to back victories over Leeds and Warrington.Speaking ahead of this week’s Good Friday clash with Wigan he said the success of recent weeks has come because of how well the likes of Josh Perry and Antony Laffranchi are playing.“We can only get on top of teams if our forwards are laying a good platform,” he said. “JP, Boof, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paul Clough and Shaun Magennis have all aimed up over the last couple weeks. That means the likes of TP and Sia can then get on the edge and get those one on ones with smaller players or get quick play the balls for James Roby. He can only benefit from that if we are playing quickly.“So we will need to continue that this week. The Wigan game is massive and we all know what it means. We have grown up with it and I think my first one was when I was around four or five. I think I’ve only missed two and that was when I was travelling in Australia. It is tradition and a real family occasion.“Of course that brings pressure. When I stepped in with Keiron two weeks ago we knew Wigan was coming and every St Helens person knows what it means to get one over on Wigan and vice versa. We know what is at stake.“We were lucky in hindsight that we played Leeds and Warrington as they gets you up to the level required to take on Wigan and move forward. Perhaps it was lucky we faced Leeds in that first week as motivation comes in playing big games. Some people would have been happy with two points from three games but expectation is now six from six.”Saints expect to have Tony Puletua back in the line-up but will leave it until later in the week before deciding on the fitness of Gary Wheeler.Anthony Laffranchi and Paul Wellens won’t be available due to bans – but that could change as Saints are appealing their Captain’s disciplinary result on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

ANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning s

ANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning s

first_imgANOTHER link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning squad has been severed with the passing of Brian Howard at the age of 83. He had been ill for some time, writes Alex Service.The 1956 success against Halifax at Wembley was the first time the Saints had lifted the gleaming trophy and Brian played his part in this never-to-be-forgotten triumph.Playing left centre that afternoon, Brian’s deft pass on the hour to Frank Carlton enabled the winger to fly away and score the crucial first try of the game that did so much to ensure eventual victory.“I was there as a spectator that day”, recalls former Saint Brian McGinn, “and he was obviously a regular first-teamer then. I was sixteen and signed for the club shortly afterwards. Eventually, of course, I became a team-mate of his in both the A team and the seniors.“He came through with the likes of Walter Delves, Roy Robinson and Josh Gaskell. He was a very good all-round footballer and a nice bloke off the pitch too.”Hard-working, creative and defensively sound all describe Brian Howard’s rugby ability. He also had the requisite pace to score tries as well as create them. It may be a something of a cliché to describe someone as a ‘utility back’, but it is true that Brian, at various times, occupied every position for the club in the three-quarters, mostly as a left centre in his early career at Knowsley Road.Yet later on he became a stand-off, playing in the number six jersey on 57 occasions, with Alex Murphy as his scrum-half. This is where he enjoyed his most successful season, in 1958-59, when he turned out in 40 matches and scored 22 tries. Overall, he played 131 times for his home town club, including 48 tries.Born in 1933, Brian attended Rivington Road School. Rugby-wise, he was a former member of the United Services and the Saints ‘B’ teams in the Junior Leagues and signed professional forms for his home town club on January 22 1952.Brian made his senior debut on the right wing for St. Helens against Salford at Knowsley Road on October 18 1952 [Saints won 14-6] and his last match was against Liverpool City, on April 26 1959, when he was right centre to the great Tom van Vollenhoven in a 41-22 success.Apart from the magnificent Challenge Cup final success in 1956, Brian played in one other final for the club, when Saints lost to Oldham in the Lancashire Cup final of 1958 at Central Park. He also scored one of his team’s tries against the visiting New Zealanders in 1955, when the Kiwis were defeated 16-8.Rugby League is very much in the Howard family’s DNA. His uncle was William Birkett, who played for St. Helens Recs as a three-quarter between the wars and, of course, one of Brian’s two sons, Harvey, created his own niche in the rugby league game as an international and renowned club professional on two continents, with a clubs including Widnes, Wigan and Brisbane Broncos on his resume.Brian moved on to Leigh from 1959-62 and made 79 appearances for the Hilton Park club, scoring 15 tries. A personable guy, Brian was a fine footballer and a member of the Saints’ Players’ Association.We send our condolences to his family on this sad occasion.last_img read more

So the single mission for today was to defend bett

So the single mission for today was to defend bett

first_imgSo the single mission for today was to defend better and the rest would take care of itself.The first ten minutes of the match told the story of the day as the Saints props Jack Ashworth and Liam Cooper ably assisted by Man of the Match Ben Morris, bashed the living daylights out of the same pack as they played last week showing them that they were in for a very different time of it.The first of eleven Saints tries came after four minutes as Calvin Wellington just about got his fingertips to the ball to touch down from Danny Richardson’s last tackle cross kick. The big centre outjumped his opposite number capitalising on great drives from Ashwhorth and the soon to be concussed Jonah Cunningham.Two big defensive sets in the Saints 20 led to a turnover, penalty and try in quick succession. Dom Peyroux poked his nose through on the charge found the supporting Richardson whose sleight of hand allowed Ricky Bailey a straight run to the posts.The Saints were just about keeping up with the clock at this stage and scored the third try just on 20 minutes with Aaron Smith doing what he does best jumping out of dummy half catching lazy markers to scoot over.The game was put to bed as a contest with three more tries in the final 10 minutes of the half. A knock on from the visitors in their own 10 metre area led to a scrum on the left. The ball was whipped along the line to Bailey who committed the winger to give space for Dave Eccleston to go in at the corner.When Cunningham went off in the seventh minute Ben Morris stepped up to prop where he always seems to have a blinder and today was no exception. He was rewarded with the fifth try as he burst through three meters out from Josh Eaves short ball.It was the same Morris who on the stroke of half time tracked back 80 metres to make the final tackle to save a try from an FC break.Sandwiched in between Wellington scored his brace stepping inside then outpacing the full back to the posts after Eaves hand jumped blind from dummy half, quick passes catching the Hull defenders napping.The challenge of such a commanding half of rugby is to back it up when you start again and for the first 20 minutes the Saints did just that scoring three more tries before injuries and positional changes started to catch up on them.Jack Ashworth got good reward for his strong running with two tries in five minutes. The first, from a great no look pass at the line from Richardson, the second a bizarre effort which found him gasping for breath on the wing five metres out.This came after fine last tackle defence in the Saints 10 forced FC to pass to Ben Morris who opened up his long stride over 60 metres. There was precious little defence in front of the tackle but there was precious little attacking support as all the Saints found it difficult to catch up, even over the next four tackles.Jordan Olmez was the next to score bringing up the 50 taking another short pass from Eaves to stroll in.The game got scrappier in the last quarter as the Saints started to unnecessarily force the ball a bit. This led to the visitors first score despite Wellington’s 80 metre track back to stop the initial break.Smith got his brace, again jumping out of dummy half and beating the cover over 30 to the posts before Kev Brown finished the scoring taking Richardson miss pass to stroll into the corner. A controversial penalty for a shoulder charge had led to a barge over try for FC just prior.This was a good reply to last week’s poor display and gave the players just exactly the opportunity they needed to do that.Ashworth and Cooper, coupled with the interchanging Eaves and Smith dominated the Hull middles giving free reign for Richardson to parade his box of tricks ably supported by Bailey, Wellington and Peyroux.But as has been previously said for his strong running and power tackling having moved up to prop very early on Ben Morris deserves the credit.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Calvin Wellington (4 & 34), Ricky Bailey (15), Aaron Smith (21 & 71), David Eccleston (29), Ben Morris (32), Jack Ashworth (43 & 48), Jordan Olmez (8), Kevin Brown (78). Goals: Danny Richardson 10 from 11.Hull FC: Tries: Hakim Miloudi (59), Masimbaashe Matongo (74). Goals: Jack Wray 1 from 2.Half Time: 34-0 Full Time: 64-10Teams:Saints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 5. David Eccleston, 15. Chris Follin, 19. Calvin Wellington, 2. Sean Croston; 6. Josh Eaves, 7. Danny Richardson; 20. Jack Ashworth, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Liam Cooper, 11. Ben Morris, 12. Dominique Peyroux, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 8. Jordan Olmez, 14. Matty Costello, 16. Owen Smith, 17. Kevin Brown, 18. Cameron Brown.Hull FC: 1. Hakim Miloudi; 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Zeus Silk, 4. Matt Welham, 5. Niall Sidney; **. Bobby Owns, 7. Jack Wray; 8. Ross Osbourne, 9. Josh Wood, 16. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Ash Bastiman, 12. Brandon Westerman, 13. Alex Gilbey. Subs: 14. Jez Litten, 15. Billy Warden, **. Jack Sanderson, 17. Rob Branton.last_img read more

Meeting held to discuss proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road

Meeting held to discuss proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road

first_img The project proposes to upgrade Carolina Beach Road to a four-lane, median divided road.The NCDOT said construction for the project is estimated to cost $12,400,000. The project’s total cost is estimated to be $18,675,000.Construction is currently scheduled to begin in Winter 2021.Related Article: Cave-in closes stretch of River Rd. in WilmingtonNCDOT said the project is needed to improve mobility, relieve congestion, and improve safety for pedestrians and drivers.“The median that is going to be constructed in the center of the roadway will help restrict the access so that the left turns coming out of driveways and out of side streets are forced to go right and then make a u-turn, which will eliminate one of the most dangerous movements that vehicles make when they turn left,” Katie Hite, Division Project Development Engineer for Division 3, said.The public can continue to submit comments and questions regarding the project to NCDOT until November 30, 2017. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Making a busy road in our area safer and less congested. That’s the goal of proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road.The NC Department of Transportation held a public meeting Monday night about the proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road from Burnett Boulevard to Shipyard Boulevard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mother concerned about flu school nurse gives tips

Mother concerned about flu school nurse gives tips

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Flu season has already claimed 67 lives in North Carolina this year, including at least 11 just in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. Schools are taking precautions to protect students from the spread.“When she woke up hot to the touch, having chills I immediately knew that she had to go straight to the doctor,” mother Alexis Wall said.- Advertisement – Wall’s daughter woke up, not feeling well a few days ago, sending her into panic mode.“I was pretty terrified actually that she had the flu,” Wall said.Thankfully it was a false alarm, but fear of the flu has lots of people worried.Related Article: NC student dies after contracting meningitisFlu shot or no flu shot, many are battling the virus either way and some are even dying.“We’ve seen this before. This season is most definitely more severe than what it was last season,” Brunswick County Schools Lead Nurse, Wanda Willis, said.Experts say kids can be particularly vulnerable and the close quarters of schools can always be a breeding ground for illness.Willis said there is one major line of defense, “I can’t say it enough: wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!”She said people can sometimes mistake the flu for a common cold.“Some of those differences are the fatigue for instance, with a cold maybe sometimes, but with the flu for sure. And sometimes that fatigue can last two to three weeks at a time,” Willis said.Wall said she thinks many parents are wary of keeping kids home because of all the school days lost to winter weather.“I think that people are hyperaware of their kids not missing any additional school, and so they’re sending them early in the stages of not feeling well, and it turns out they’ve got strep throat or the flu,” Wall said.But Willis said when they have the flu you need to keep your kids home, especially if they have a fever. If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, Willis said it is never too late.last_img read more

WPD Wilmington man dies after breaking into several homes

WPD Wilmington man dies after breaking into several homes

first_img(Photo: MGN) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man accused of breaking into several homes, landing him in the Intensive Care Unit, has died.Wilmington Police say William Tyler Tuttle, 29, was under the influence when he left his vehicle running in the middle of 15th and Market streets around 3:00 a.m. Friday.- Advertisement – Police say Tuttle then broke into several homes in the 1800 block of Princess Street and Chestnut Street. He also attempted to break into Saint John’s Church at 16th and Market Street.When he then attempted to break into two houses in the 1500 block of Princess Street he hurt himself on a glass window, according to police.Police found Tuttle in the streets and gave him first aid. EMS transported Tuttle to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was placed in the ICU due to his injuries.Related Article: Court: Trump campaign not responsible in gun assault claimA WPD spokeswoman said later Friday that Tuttle died from those injuries.last_img read more

Thousands of dollars in merchandise taken in series of thefts at floral

Thousands of dollars in merchandise taken in series of thefts at floral

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  A series of thefts that are soiling a local flower shop.Owners have caught the thieves on camera multiple times but have not stopped.Owners of Lou’s Flower World say the thieves know what time to come, how to avoid being seen and even what plants they want.- Advertisement – “It’s very devastating to us,” said co-owner Angie Baker, “He apparently knows the quality of the plants that he’s taking and the value of them.”The store has been the victim of now more than five thefts. Baker believes one man caught in this security camera video is the ring leader behind a majority of them.“He seems to have a routine down pact, he’s in and out within a matter of three to four minutes each time,” Baker said.Related Article: Thief steals $1,000 from Girl Scouts selling cookies at mallPolice reports show the thefts go back to late April. Baker says this latest thefts happened only minutes after police left the area.“They’re making their jump and getting out in just a few minutes time.”The business has placed chain fencing on the two entrances so no one can enter the parking lot after hours. Baker showed us where the crooks cut through the chain with wire cutters. The most recent thefts happened within the last week only three days a part.Baker says the cost to them is sprouting up to $9,000. Baker fears that the business may never see that money return.“I’m not sure that we will ever recoup that.”The business has taken to Facebook and is offering a $200 reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to an arrest.last_img read more