Cops collar suspect in poppy box theft


A 20-year-old man is apparently Langley’s second person suspected of trying to steal a Legion poppy donation box.

This time, quick response from local Mounties meant he was arrested and faces charges.

Just before 10 p.m. on Nov. 8, police were called about the theft of a donation box from a gas station in the 21600 block of Fraser Highway, said Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokespeson for the Langley RCMP.

The suspect ran away on foot, and before he had gotten far, his description was broadcast to officers nearby.

One officer spotted the man quite quickly – he was less than a block from the store when he was noticed, said Marks.

The man was arrested and found to have a large amount of change in his pockets.

Charges will be recommended against the 20-year-old, who has no fixed address.

He is to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Dec. 11.

Marks could not say if the suspect is thought to be linked to the other theft of a poppy donation box on Nov. 6 from the Bibles for Missions thrift store on 200th Street near Fraser Highway.

A photo of a person of interest has been released in that case. 

The annual poppy campaign by the Royal Canadian Legion raises money for veterans and their families.

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