Cancer ribbon ‘thieves’ to atone for their sins

2012-10-19 00:00

THE Cascades Mall balloon thieves have been nabbed, thanks to the help of a vigilant Witness reader.

The reader saw the giant ribbon, made from pink balloons, hanging from the balcony of the culprits’ home on Wednesday, and alerted the mall.

The thieves, two intern doctors, will have to pay for their sins by parading around the centre in specially designed T-shirts.

The duo will report to Cascades on Monday to begin their sentence.

The ribbon was part of a breast cancer awareness display that gave people information about living with the disease.

Michelle Stahlhut, of the mall’s PR and marketing department, told The Witness that the two were happy to do whatever punishment was meted out to them.

“I got to their house yesterday morning and rang the bell, and the gate opened. As I walked in, one of them approached me and asked me ‘Can I help you?’” she said.

Stahlhut then identified herself as being from Cascades mall, and told them: “I think you have something that belongs to us”.

“They asked me if we wanted it back, but I told them I had a proposition for them and they were very happy to do it,” she said.

One of the two, who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity, said when they saw the giant ribbon, they thought it would be good for a theme party they would host at their house.

“We saw it and decided it would make a nice theme for an event we were hosting that evening. We didn’t take it to cause harm,” he said.

The man said they would be very happy to work with the mall to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The Witness on Wednesday reported that the thieves were two men and a woman, as seen in the CCTV footage. However, the man said the woman was not involved in the incident.

The ribbon itself was no more, Stahlhut saying it appeared to have become the victim of a good party.

The T-shirts were created on the hop specially for the doctors’ boob, by Mar-T — a designer T-shirt company — and were designed by Amal Ma’ani-Hessari of One Circle International, said Kerrie Muldoon of Cascades.

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