Suspects arrested after theft of young South Asian golfer’s collection jar in Victoria
VICTORIA Police say that the two men who are believed to be involved in the theft of a young golfer’s collection jar in the 900-block of Yates Street on December 30 have both been arrested.
One man was arrested, spoken with and later released. The other man was arrested later. At first, the man was released with a court date and conditions; however, upon his release, he allegedly damaged an exterior door of the Victoria Police Department headquarters and was arrested again and held in custody to appear by telebail.
Cindy Koira, 14, a Grade 9 student at Stelly’s Secondary School, had raised $3,000 by selling lemonade, hot chocolate and samosas since the summer and was halfway to her goal to be able to attend a golf tour in Scotland this year.
Cindy hopes to play at the 2017 Kids European Championship at Gullane, Scotland, between May 30 and June 3 and 2017 US Teens World Junior Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina, US, from July 24 to 28.
On December 30, Cindy, accompanied by her father, Ravi Koira, was raising money in the 900-block of Yates Street. Victoria Police said: “While the youth golfer was getting warm inside, the father stayed behind to mind the table. A man dressed all in black approached the table, reached down, took the jar of money and fled the area. A man dressed all in grey is also believed to be involved in the theft. The father gave chase, but fell trying to catch the suspects. The suspect had attended the table earlier and asked the young golfer what they were raising money for before leaving and later returning to steal the money.”
Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. They later released the surveillance video of the theft:
A generous police officer replaced the money that the young golfer had raised. He wanted to remain anonymous.
According to Cindy’s Gofundme page (www.gofundme.com/CindyKoira), she has been competing internationally for four years now.
“In 2016 Cindy placed 12th at US Kids European Championship and has qualified again in 2017 to represent Canada. Her dream in 2017 is to win the European Championship, this is a very prestigious junior championship where the best junior golfers from over 60 countries land in East Lothian, Scotland, to compete for the title.
“Cindy also represented Vancouver Island at BC Summer games 2016 winning a bronze medal for the team event.”
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