Remembrance day is less than 24 hours away and poppy sales are at record levels across the country in the wake of the killing of 2 Canadian soldiers on home soil.
But the OPP say southern Ontario has been hit by a number of poppy box thefts.
Police have reported at least six incidents and three arrests in Barrie, Lindsay and Trenton.
The money raised from poppy sales support veterans and their families.
York Regional Police are on the lookout for a man driving a red vehicle, following the theft of yet another poppy box.
On Friday morning, police were called to a Canadian Tire location on Yonge Street in Aurora, after the donation box was swiped from a counter.
Security camera images have been obtained by investigations, describing a red Chevy Aveo or a Pontiac Vibe that is missing a right passenger side hubcap, with interior footage showing the suspect approaching an unmanned counter.
The box was then placed under the jacket of the man, described as white, 5’11”, 235 lbs with a heavy build and moustache, wearing a black coat, navy blue shirt and dark coloured pants.
Should we be punishing those who steal poppies more than just charging them with stealing? What punishment would you suggest?