As thousands were paying tribute to Canada’s war dead at Remembrance Day services in Abbotsford and beyond, police say a thief was stealing a poppy box at a local business.
Abbotsford Police Const. Paul Walker said police received a call of a theft in progress from a gas station at the corner of Sumas Way and Marshall Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Footage from the gas station shows a white man in his 20s, and wearing a red and white jacket and black toque, entering a gas station and, when the attendant was looking, stealing a poppy box.
Walker said the act showed the thief was a “selfless, heartless individual who lacks respect.”
It wasn’t the only theft of a poppy donation box. On Nov. 8 at 12:30 a.m., another box was stolen from a business in the 32700 block of George Ferguson Way. The suspect was described as caucasian and in his 20s. He wore black pants, a white hoody and a blue toque.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, or by text at 222973 (abbypd). They can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.