Police pinch poppy can pilferer

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a man accused of stealing poppy donation cans from Nanaimo businesses.

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a man accused of stealing poppy donation cans from Nanaimo businesses.

Anthony Edward Britt, 45, of Nanaimo, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly stole Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation drive cans from the Subway restaurant in University Village and the Wheatsheaf Liquor Store Wednesday, a tin from the Wellington Beer and Wine Store Thursday and a Children’s Charity donation jar from the Supreme Convenience store on Boundary Avenue Saturday.

Police estimated the total amount of cash contained in the cans at between $80 and $400.

The Royal Canadian Legion uses donations raised in its annual poppy drive to fund its charity and education bursary programs.

Britt appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday to face four charges of theft under $5,000.