McDonald’s boss offers reward after robbers steal hundreds of meal vouchers

David and Julie Hunt.
David and Julie Hunt.

Barnstaple’s McDonald’s franchisee is offering a cash reward after robbers made off with 500 meal vouchers.

David and Julie Hunt arrived at their office in Boutport Street on Friday morning to find it had been broken into.

As well as taking 500 meal vouchers destined to be used for North Devon charity ChemoHero, the robbers took a laptop, a projector and vandalised the offices.

Now David is offering a £2,000 reward to anyone with information which will help police catch the offenders.

“In 20 years in business in North Devon as a McDonald’s franchisee I have never had anything like this happen to me,” said David.

“They have taken 500 extra value meal vouchers, which have no monetary value, but can be redeemed in the North Devon restaurants.

“Should anyone be offered these, we would appreciate some feedback.”

The vouchers were due to be sent to ChemoHero to be included in the charity’s ‘boxes of kindness’ given to new patients at North Devon District Hospital’s Seamoor Unit.

“It’s just mindless, we don’t keep money here so it was pointless looking for it,” said Julie.

“Now we can’t give those vouchers to a hard-working, registered charity that they should be having. I’m so gutted.”

The break-in followed a similar incident in the same building on Tuesday night, when charity Amigos had its premises broken into and had a computer stolen.

Police are investigating both burglaries, but said it is too early to say if the incidents are linked.

“Police are investigating a burglary which happened at Amigos on Boutport Street in Barnstaple between 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 June and 7.45am on Wednesday 6 June,” a statement said.

“The building was entered through and items were stolen.

“This is currently under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information about the McDonald’s office break-in is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 and quoting log number 148 08/06/18. Anyone with information about the Amigos break-in should quote the log number CR/049310/18.


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