Suspected poppy donation thief arrested

Police in Hamiton, Ont., have arrested a man suspected of having stolen four poppy donation boxes.

Police in Hamilton, Ont., have arrested a man they suspect of having stolen four poppy donation boxes.

Police said they arrested a 33-year-old Hamilton man at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, "without incident," and have charged him with four counts of theft under $5,000.

"He is now in police custody and will appear before court [Thursday] morning," police said in a news release.

On Tuesday police said they believed the same man was responsible for stealing poppy donation boxes from Tim Hortons locations in Hamilton and nearby Stoney Creek.

The suspect was caught by a security camera inside a Tim Hortons on Ottawa Street in Hamilton, stealing a box at about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. 

About 30 minutes later at another Hamilton Tim Hortons on King Street West, the same man is believed to have stolen a second donation box.

He is also believed to have stolen two more donation boxes from a Tim Hortons in nearby Stoney Creek at about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police did not release the name of the suspect but did say the information that led to the arrest came from Crime Stoppers.

At least four other people in Ontario have been arrested in the past few days and charged with stealing the donation boxes.

Many business across Canada put donation boxes on their counters during the poppy campaign.  The funds collected are used by the Royal Canadian Legion to support veterans.