Man steals poppy donation box in Victoria after making threats with weapon

Man steals poppy donation box in Victoria after making threats with weapon
Poppy donation box stolen from a Victoria business
An arrest was made Thursday afternoon in connection with an incident in which a thief showed a weapon and threatened to harm a customer as the thief stole a poppy-donation box from a restaurant in the early morning.

The man entered a Tim Hortons restaurant in the 2600 block of Blanshard Street about 3:20 a.m. and was seen cutting a security cord and taking the donation box.

Police were called but could not immediately locate the man. The Tim Hortons does have surveillance cameras and Victoria police said that was one of their investigative avenues.

Before the arrest was made, the suspect was described as white, in his 20s, about five-foot-eight with a medium build.

Victoria police ask anyone with information on the theft to call them at 250-995-7654. Anonymous reports can be made through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Victoria police are hoping the public can help catch the suspect of a stolen poppy donation box early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to a business in the 2600-box of Blanshard Street at 3:20 a.m. after a man was seen cutting a security cord and stealing the box.

When another customer confronted the suspect, a weapon was produced and the man threatened the bystander with harm.

Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian man in his 20s standing 5’8″ tall with a medium build.

The suspect was wearing either a dark baseball hat or a hood, baggy cargo pants with pockets on the side and was carrying a black backpack.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Victoria police or Crime Stoppers.