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Suspect for ID in alleged poppy donation theft

New Westminster — The New Westminster Police is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect in an alleged poppy donation theft.

On November 8th, 2018 at approximately 2:00pm an adult male entered the Royal Canadian Legion at 631 6th Street to order food. After the male had paid for his food at the cash register, the staff noticed that the donation tin for poppies was missing. Upon reviewing video surveillance, it appears that the male concealed the tin while paying for his meal.

The suspect male 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 that occurred on November 8th in New Westminster.

“It is disheartening to know people would steal donations that are intended to support our veterans,” stated Sergeant 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.