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Police seek help to identify man stealing poppy boxes

Suspect believe to have stolen six donation boxes since Oct. 23
Greater Sudbury Police have provided a photo of the man they believe has stolen at least six Poppy donation boxes in Greater Sudbury. (Supplied)

Greater Sudbury Police is asking for help in identifying the man responsible for multiple thefts of poppy donation boxes, as well as other donation boxes from local businesses.

Since Oct. 23, there have been six reported thefts of donation boxes.

“We are asking businesses that have donation boxes to ensure that the boxes are accounted for,” police said in a Facebook post. “As a business owner or employee, if you notice that your donation box is missing, please report it online through our website under Reporting using the Theft Under $5,000 report type.”

In relation to the recent incidents that have been reported, the same man has been identified as the suspect in all six thefts. 

Anyone with information related to identity or whereabouts of this man is asked to contact us at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477.

“Although the thefts are not violent incidents, we ask that you do not approach this individual, but rather call police,” said the post.

“We are urging businesses with donation boxes to remove the boxes from plain sight when the customer service counter is unattended and please empty the donation boxes on a regular basis, securing the monetary donations in a safe location.”