Poppy donation thief ID'd

Police in New Westminster have released photos of a man wanted in a poppy donation theft that occurred just days before Remembrance Day. 

The police said that around 2 p.m. Thursday, a man entered the Royal Canadian Legion at 631 6th Street and ordered food. After the man had paid, the cashier noticed the donation tin was missing. 

Surveillance footage indicates the man may have hidden the tin while paying for his meal, according to police. 

The tin was found outside, with no money remaining in it. 

“It is disheartening to know people would steal donations that are intended to support our veterans,” said Sgt. Jeff Scott in a news release. “Our veterans deserve honour and respect for the great service that they have made to our nation. We owe our freedom and liberty to them, and for that we are forever grateful.”

Two other poppy donation thefts also happened that same day, at a Boston Pizza and at Coast Capital Savings, but could not confirm if the same man is suspected in all three thefts. 

The Legion suspect is described as a man in his 50s or 60s with grey hair and a grey beard, tall and balding. 

Anyone with information regarding poppy donation thefts is asked to phone the New Westminster Police at 604-525-5411. 

-With files from CTV Vancouver

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