Nanaimo RCMP search for poppy donation can thief

Nanaimo RCMP search for poppy donation can thief
Nanaimo RCMP
A surveillance photo of a suspect wanted in connection with a poppy donation can theft in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo RCMP say they are looking for one suspect after a poppy donation can was stolen.

The theft occurred at around 3 p.m. on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11 from the Tim Horton’s store located on Fifth St.

Police said officers were told that a man entered the business wearing a grey mask, high visibility jacket, and a black toque. He allegedly distracted the clerk long enough to grab the basket with the can and poppies, then droped it into a shopping bag he carried with him. He then walked out of the store. It is unknown how much money was in the can.

Police described the suspect as 5’10” to 6′, heavyset, and was wearing bright red gloves.

“Each and every year we get several similar reports and every year the public and our officers are outraged. The public is also instrumental in quickly identifying these individuals and holding them accountable. We expect the same reaction this year and the same results,” Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with the Nanaimo RCMP said in a release.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-41039.


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