The Calgary Police Service has charged a 29-year-old man in connection with a recent poppy box theft.
Police say a box was swiped from a northwest gas station along Uxbridge Drive last Thursday. When officers arrived to investigate, it was learned that a poppy box had also been stolen from another nearby business.
Several hours later, another theft was reported at a gas station located in the 6400 block of Centre Street N.
Witnesses reported the suspect had left on a Transit bus and officers, with the assistance of Calgary Transit, located and stopped the bus, where he was removed and arrested without incident.
Jesse Rodichuk is now charged with three counts of theft under $5,000.
There were a total of 27 poppy box thefts between Oct. 27 and Nov. 12. Charges have been laid in five of these incidents.
Last year, there were also 27 poppy boxes stolen and charges were laid in three of the incidents.
Anyone with information on any poppy box thefts around Calgary is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Anonymous tips can be left through Crime Stoppers: