Alleged thief arrested in week-long poppy box theft spree

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stealing poppy boxes from "a number of retail stores" in Toronto, say Toronto police.

32-year-old Munir Hudani was charged with 10 counts of theft

A Toronto man is charged with 10 counts of theft after allegedly stealing poppy boxes. (CBC)

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stealing poppy boxes from "a number of retail stores" in Toronto, say police.

Munir Hudani, of Toronto, was arrested Sunday and charged with ten counts of Theft Under $5,000 and nine counts of Fail to Comply with Probation.

Police say Hudani stole the boxes from stores in the area of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue, as well as Yonge and Bloor between Sunday, November 5 and Saturday, November 12.

Hudani will appear in court at College Park on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Poppy boxes, which let people donate money to the Royal Canadian Legion in exchange for a poppy pin, are ubiquitous across Canada in the weeks before Remembrance Day.

Thefts of the boxes have become common, leading some Canadian Legion branches to switch to theft-proof boxes.