Every year, Canadians wear poppies to honour and commemorate war veterans on Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, almost every year some opportunistic Canadians also take advantage of the poppy donation boxes as easy targets for theft.
Once again, the Canadian Legion, who organizes the poppy donation campaign, was victimized by poppy-box thefts. This year police in two different BC cities say serial thieves are to blame for stealing several boxes full of donated cash.
The first thefts were in Nanaimo, BC. Local RCMP are investigating at least five different incidents that took place in the days leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11th.
In those cases, the thefts took place at different local businesses including Tim Horton's, McDonald's, Delicado's Restaurant, Pomme Natural Market, and an insurance company, where donation boxes are typically located near entrances and cashier tills.
More recently, a legion in New Westminster and another business in the same area were targeted by another Canadian poppy thief. The man apparently came into the legion and ordered food, stealing the tin while he paid.
The legion president found the tin from his location as well as another poppy box from a local business outside. Both were empty. This time, however, police have a little more to go off of since the theft was caught on camera.
These incidents, while disheartening, aren't unique. Since poppy boxes are often just placed on counters in stores and businesses, they are an easy target for opportunistic criminals. Similar events have happened in other places like Coquitlam, BC, Tisdale, Saskatchewan and Brandon, Manitoba this year alone.
The real victims of this crime are the Canadian Legions who use the funds raised in poppy distribution every year to support and give financial assistance to veterans in need.
Source: Global News