British Columbia

New West Police seek tips in poppy donation tin theft

The theft was one of three thefts of poppy donation tins that took place in New Westminster on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Police allege man grabbed donation tin and hid it while paying for a meal

The suspect is described as a white male, between 50 to 60 years old, balding with grey hair and a grey beard, wearing a two-tone sweat shirt. (New Westminster Police)

New Westminster Police have released new details of a man suspected of stealing a poppy donation tin.

They say the theft occurred on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT at the Royal Canadian Legion at 631 6th Street. 

The suspect, described by police as a white male between the ages of 50 and 60, ordered food and paid for it at the cash register. After he left, staff noticed a poppy donation tin missing. 

After reviewing surveillance video, police say it appears the man took the tin and concealed it while he was paying for his meal.

Staff later found the empty donation tin outside. 

One of three thefts on Thursday

The theft was one of three donation tin thefts in the city of New Westminster on Nov. 8.

Sgt. Jeff Scott called the theft "disheartening."

If anyone has any information about this theft or any of the other poppy donation thefts, they are asked to call New Westminster Police at 604-525-5411.