Poppy Thief
(Nanaimo RCMP)

RCMP are investigating after a thief made off with a poppy donation can from a Tim Horton’s in Nanaimo.

Police say the incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on November 11 at the Tim Horton’s franchise on Fifth Street.

A man entered the business wearing a grey mask, high visibility jacket, and a black toque. Investigators were told that the man distracted the clerk, grabbed the basked with the can and poppies, and dropped it into a shopping bag he was carrying.

The suspect then walked out of the store with an unknown amount of donation money. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a heavy build, wearing bright red gloves.

“Each and every year we get several similar reports and every year the public and our officers are outraged,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

“The public is also instrumental in quickly identifying these individuals and holding them accountable. We expect the same reaction this year and the same results.”

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-41039.