Cops seek poppy pilferer

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November 17, 2015 12:08 PM

This blurry image is the only clue cops have to catch a poppy box thief.

Lloydminster RCMP are looking for public help in finding a thief who stole a poppy box from the east side 7-Eleven,  in the 4700 block of 44 St.

Police received a report of a man who walked into the store shortly after 1 a.m. the day before Remembrance Day.

The man — who staff said they recognize as a regular customer — snatched a poppy box from the counter and bolted out of the store.

“It’s not so much the quantity of money that was taken,” said Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger. 

“It’s just more the premise of taking a poppy box and what the poppy box represents and stands for that causes more of a concern for us.”

Millions of dollars are raised each year through the Poppy Fund and the cash goes to veterans to help them with things like finding shelter, and guide them through applications with Veterans Affairs, Dave Gordon, of the Legion’s Ontario provincial command, said in a media report.

Lloydminster is hardly alone when it comes to poppy box thefts.
Similar crimes have been reported from area around the country including Calgary, Vancouver and as far east as Halifax.

And just recently, a 23-year-old man was charged in Grand Prairie following a poppy box theft.

Kirzinger said local RCMP dealt with a similar case last year but the case was isolated and he doesn’t consider poppy box theft a common occurrence in Lloydminster.

“These poppy boxes raise money to help support veterans and the legion,” said Kirzinger.

“We’re asking that the person responsible to do the right thing and return the money to the legion.”

The 7-Eleven thief is described as a 6-ft. 2-in., skinny First Nations male with short black hair.

He was wearing a black Air Jordan track jacket, black pants, white shoes, glasses, a hat and a hood covering his head. 

Police are asking anyone with information on the crook or the crime to call them at 780-808-8300.

Or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Callers do not have to reveal their identities and a tip that leads to an arrest could earn the tipster a cash reward.

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