Outside the walls of the Tower in front of Traitors' Gate, tourists were alarmed to see four men standing in the moat picking up the coins.
One man shouted at the thieves. The men looked up, apprehension in their eyes. They they took off at a run.
At the police station, questions revealed them to be homeless Romanians, who admitted to stealing £350 worth of coins.
Tourists visiting one of the most visited destinations in the world had thrown the money into the moat, and the donation was destined for the Royal British Legion.
I suppose the vagrants saw their chance. The coins lying on the soggy ground must have been too much of a temptation. But, however much they needed the money, taking something that didn't belong to them was theft.
On Tuesday last week, they were each given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay victim surcharges of £16, a very small amount for their misdemeanor.
See the full Telegraph story.
What happened to the Romanians? Nobody said. Did they deserve to be helped out of their homeless state? I don't believe an act of charity toward them would send the right message. What do you think?