String of Poppy Fund thefts plague Royal Canadian Legion
The money is designated to help veterans, but every year thieves find a way to collect the money for themselves.
Victoria RCMP are looking for an older couple who stole a Poppy Fund donation box in the suburb of View Royal.
The couple lifted the box from a Mac's convenience store at 1 a.m. PT Sunday. The woman is described as Caucasian with light brown or red hair, between 60 and 70 years old, wearing a red jacket. The man is also Caucasian, bald, also 60 to 70 years old and wearing a black jacket.
"Sad" but not unusual
It's the latest reported theft since several boxes were stolen in West Kelowna this week.
Joanne Henderson, Poppy Fund coordinator for B.C. and Yukon, said every year thousands of dollars are lost to thefts across the province.
"It's sad, it's very sad," she said.
There isn't a rise in the number of thefts this year — an estimated $10,000 is stolen every year, said Henderson.
"And obviously those people that are stealing it need it much more than our veterans who are having huge problems returning from places like Afghanistan with many issues," she said.
This is the legion's biggest yearly fundraiser.
With files from the CBC's Bal Brach