Charges laid in three Calgary poppy box thefts

A woman purchases a poppy in Ottawa on Friday Nov. 7 2014

A woman purchases a poppy in Ottawa on Friday Nov. 7 2014

The Calgary Police Service has charged a 29-year-old man in connection with a recent poppy box theft.

On Nov. 9, police were called to a gas station in the northwest after staff noticed the store's Poppy Fund donation box was missing.

While officers were on scene, they learned a second box had also been taken from a nearby business.

Police said CCTV footage provided gave them a suspect description.

Several hours later, a poppy box was reported stolen from a gas station along Centre Street North and the officers recognized the suspect description was similar to the individual in the previous thefts.

In a news release on Tuesday, police said Jesse Rodichuk of Calgary has been charged with three counts of theft under $5,000.

Police asked Calgary Transit for help and were able to locate that bus and arrest an individual without incident. Charges have been laid in five of these incidents.

Charges have been laid after three poppy boxes were pilfered from city businesses on Thursday.

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