Nanaimo RCMP investigate poppy donation can theft

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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a poppy donation can theft from a Tim Horton’s. 

Investigators were told a man entered the business on Fifth Street at approximately 3 p.m. on Remembrance Day — he was wearing a grey mask, high visibility jacket and a black toque.

He distracted the clerk long enough to grab the basket with the can and poppies and drop it into a shopping bag, according to police. RCMP said it is unknown how much money was inside.

The suspect appears to be Caucasian, between 5 ft.10 and 6 ft, heavy set 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,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

RCMP ask anyone with information information on the identity of this person to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-41039.

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