WST Statement 15th January 2015
Wrexham Supporters Trust unfortunately has to advise members that a bag containing a quantity of Trust cash and cheques was recently stolen from a vehicle, prior to it being banked. The theft has been reported to the police, and we are working with the authorities and our auditors.
The sums involved were a little over £4,000 and form a part of the proceeds of our Christmas raffle. The theft has no impact upon Wrexham Football Club, or the raffle - which will be drawn with all tickets entered, as planned on Saturday 17th January at the Telford home game.
The cheques involved are those received by the Club Shop between 6th (Maidstone game) and 20th December 2014 (Dartford game), but excludes the majority of the raffle cash (other than that handed in on 20th December) which went through the shop tills. Cash & cheques received before and after these dates/games are safe and have been banked safely.
Also stolen with the bag were the records of the cheques that were to be banked.
Whilst we cannot replace the cash sum, we are asking members/fans to do two things:
a) Check their bank statements for any WST cheques handed in between 6th and 20th December 2014. If these have been presented, then no further action is necessary.
b) If a cheque has not been presented, then you may wish to contact your bank to cancel it. Having taken advice, we believe it is unlikely that the cheques can be doctored/presented by the thief/thieves but you may wish to act for your own piece of mind. Please do not cancel any cheques that have already been presented.
Of course, if members/fans who find that their cheques have not been presented, then we would be extremely grateful if they would kindly send us a replacement for the same value. This will help us to minimise the loss and restore more of the raffle proceeds. Replacement cheques can be handed into the Club shop at any time before or after the raffle draw.
The WST Governing Body would like to apologise sincerely to our members and fans. We place the greatest priority on the trust that members hold in us, and recognise the hard work that goes into selling raffle tickets. We are sorry that the income from this year's raffle will not be as high as it should be, due to this incident. Despite the theft, the raffle has still been a good success and a profit has been made. Thank you for all the tickets you sold.
We are conducting a thorough review with the aim of identifying any improvements which might be made to our procedures to minimise the likelihood of such an event happening in the future. Going forward we will also take out theft in-transit insurance.
Should the police investigation identify the thieves or return any of the material stolen, then we will make a further statement at that time.
Once again, we apologise to members and fans and thank you all for the work you continue to do to support the Club and Trust.