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Nanaimo RCMP seek donation box theft suspect

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Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who stole two poppy donation boxes.

The thefts were reported on Tuesday, and polce believe the same individual is responsible for both.

The first theft was reported at 10:50am from the 7-Eleven at 1602 Bowen Rd, but it happened earlier in the day. It wasn’t noticed until a representative from Veteran Affairs came to replace the tin, and surveillance footage revealed a man walking out with the money earlier in the day.

The next incident happened at the Beaufort Centre Pharmasave around 3:00pm. The tin taken from the Pharmasave had been secured by a thin wire, but it had been cut.

“Each year we investigate numerous thefts of poppy donations and sadly most are preventable,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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He says donation jars should be secured to the counter with screws, or attached to a chain or cord that can’t be easily cut. Staff also need to be vigilant, and report suspicious behaviour or thefts immediately.

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If you have information on the thefts, call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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