Store’s thanks to homeless woman who thwarted thief

Lottie and her dog Marley outside Lush in Oxford, the homeless woman and her dog "courageously" confronted a thief and were able to return goods worth over �1,000 stolen from the beauty store. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Lottie and her dog Marley outside Lush in Oxford, the homeless woman and her dog "courageously" confronted a thief and were able to return goods worth over �1,000 stolen from the beauty store. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

A homeless woman and her dog who “courageously” confronted a thief were able to return goods worth over £1,000 stolen from a beauty store.

Staff at the Oxford branch of Lush said they felt invaded “on a personal level” after they discovered a laptop and large box of cosmetics had disappeared when they opened the store on Wednesday.

Twenty-four hours later, Lottie – who is homeless and has been sleeping outside the store on and off for around five years – marched in with the stolen products, having successfully challenged the man who took them.

The store has since set up an online campaign to raise money for Lottie to express their thanks, raising more than £400 so far.

Store manager James Atherton said staff were “completely surprised” to be reunited with the stolen items.

The 26-year-old said: “We were amazed and just so joyful. It was fantastic. We weren’t expecting to get them back at all.

“She confronted him as he walked out. She said: ‘I know you are not from Lush’, and took the stuff back.”