Burnaby man charged with Remembrance Day poppy theft

Burnaby man charged with Remembrance Day poppy theft
Alleged poppy thief busted – BC News
A 54-year-old Burnaby resident, Dwayne Edward Zbucki, has been arrested and charged with an alleged poppy donation theft. PNG

A 54-year-old man has been charged with the theft of a poppy donation tin from the New Westminster Royal Canadian Legion.

The theft happened on Nov. 8 at the Royal Canadian Legion branch on Sixth Street in New Westminster. Police say the suspect entered the Legion around 2 p.m., ordered food and as he was paying at the counter, he tucked the poppy donation box into his coat.

On Nov. 8,  a man entered the legion at 631 6th Street to order food.  It was after he left that staff noticed the donation tin for poppies was missing. The empty tin was later found outside the legion.

This past Remembrance Day was the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I, and we are forever grateful to the men and women who protect our country and serve as peacekeepers around the world, Sgt. Jeff Scott said in a press release.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance, and say it appears the man concealed the tin while paying for his meal.

Last week, New Westminster Police released surveillance footage of the suspect in hopes someone in the community could help identify him.

Zbucki, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2001, has been charged with one count of theft under $5,000.

By the time staff noticed the box was missing, the man was gone. They found the empty donation box outside, according to police.

“We are thankful to the public for their assistance identifying Mr. Zbucki, which led to his arrest in Vancouver,” said New Westminster police Sgt. Jeff Scott. “This past Remembrance Day was the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I, and we are forever grateful to the men and women who protect our country and serve as peace keepers around the world.”

Dwayne Edward Zbucki, 54 of Burnaby, has been arrested and charged with the alleged poppy donation theft.

Const. Jeff Scott, with the New Westminster Police, said on Nov. 8 at approximately 2 p.m., Zbucki allegedly entered the Royal Canadian Legion at 631 6th Street to order food.

“After he paid for his food at the cash register, the staff noticed that the donation tin for poppies was missing. Upon reviewing video surveillance, it appeared that Mr. Zbucki concealed the tin while paying for his meal,” said Scott.

The New Westminster Police Department released a photo of the suspect, who was subsequently identified by members of the public.

“We are thankful to the public for their assistance identifying Mr. Zbucki, which led to his arrest in Vancouver,” said Scott. “This past Remembrance Day was the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I, and we are forever grateful to the men and women who protect our country and serve as peace keepers around the world.”

Zbucki is due to appear in court today, and has been charged with one count of theft under $5,000 relating to the theft from the Royal Canadian Legion.