VIDEO: ‘Heartless’ thief steals poppy donation boxes from Abbotsford businesses

Two thefts reported, including one on Remembrance Day at the same time services were ongoing elsewhere.

Two poppy boxes were stolen from Abbotsford businesses

Two poppy boxes were stolen from Abbotsford businesses



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.