New West police hunt for poppy donation thief

Police in New Westminster have released photos of suspect alleged to have stolen a poppy donation tin from the Royal Canadian Legion Thursday.

Police say at around 2 p.m., a man entered the legion at 631 6th Street to order food.

After the man paid for his food at the cash register, the staff noticed that the donation tin for poppies was missing.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance, and say it appears that the man concealed the tin while paying for his meal.

The suspect is described as a 50 to 60 year old Caucasian male, balding with grey hair and a grey beard, and wearing a two-tone sweat shirt. Staff located the donation tin outside, but it was empty.

This theft is one of three poppy donation thefts on Thursday in New Westminster.

“It is disheartening to know people would steal donations that are intended to support our veterans,” said New Westminster police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Scott.

“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.”

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

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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