A HEARTLESS thief stole money from a taxi driver as he attended his sick grandfather’s bedside.
Craig MacDonald, who owns CM Taxis, left his Ford Mondeo in the car park in front of the old building at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin on Thursday, May 17.
After about an hour, he returned to find the car’s window smashed and his cash gone.
Mr MacDonald said: "That’s my livelihood. They’re basically taking the food from my son’s plate.
"I’m out there making a living and someone does this."
He added: "I went in to see my grandfather at about 7.05pm. I came back out at about 8.10 and realised my window had been caved in and someone had stolen my money bag out of the driver’s door, which contained £245.
"If it had been parked in the disabled space it would have been covered by the CCTV, but where it was, they can’t see it."
Mr MacDonald said: "Basically the police say it’s money for drugs.
"The taxi mobile and my wallet were on the dashboard and they never touched them, but they took the money bag.
"Someone must have seen or heard something. Shifts start and end about that time, and the staff go in and out from that door, and there are people coming and going around that area.
"The police did say that just because they don’t have them on CCTV, it doesn’t mean they won’t get who did it."
Another CM driver had his cab broken into in Lesmurdie, and a taxi driver was attacked after answering a call in New Elgin last year.
Mr MacDonald added: "We shouldn’t leave money in the car.
"I had been home, and should have taken it out."
Grampian Police are keen to trace anyone who was in the vicinity between 7.05 and 8.10pm on May 17.
Constable Stacie Harper, investigating officer, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the old entrance car park of Dr Gray’s at the time of the incident and may have seen something or someone near the scene."
Anybody with relevant information should contact Grampian Police on 0845 6005700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.