James Pope, 33, of no fixed address, is accused of taking donations intended for the same local cause from the following locations:
- Tennessee takeaway in Cherry Tree Avenue, Dover, on Monday 7 August 2017.
- White Cliffs Bakery in Buckland Avenue, Dover, on Monday 11 September.
- Domino’s Pizza in Pencester Road, Dover, on Thursday 14 September.
He is also accused of attempting to steal another collection box from the Crabble Post Office in Buckland Avenue, Dover, on Tuesday 12 September.
Mr Pope, who has been charged with a further seven unrelated counts of shoplifting and one count of assault, appeared before Canterbury magistrates on Saturday (16 September 2017) and was remanded in custody until a date to be determined.
Meanwhile, a second man has appeared in court charged with stealing a collection box in aid of the same charity.
Craig Dunn, 25, of Westbury Road, is accused of taking approximately £50 worth of donations from the Dovorian Restaurant in Priory Place.
He appeared before Medway magistrates on Friday when he was bailed to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 20 September.