RCMP have made an arrest in connection to the theft of a poppy donation box in Strathcona County this month.
Investigators said Monday, Nov. 4, RCMP were called to a Lloydminster Tim Horton’s after a thief allegedly swiped the poppy box off the front counter and fled.
Surveillance video from the restaurant shows the man casually walking to the counter and snagging the donation box before leaving. Staff then chased after the suspect but he got away.
Later that night, RCMP were called to a Tim Horton’s in Sherwood Park after reports of a man trying to steal the donation box.
Investigators said two patrons saw the suspect and followed him outside. On off-duty officer was also at the establishment and the trio was able to keep the man contained until RCMP arrived.
The suspect was arrested and charged with theft, along with a list of outstanding warrants for previous charges that included possession of stolen property, theft under $500 and failing to attend.
Investigators were able to determine that the suspect is also responsible for the poppy donation theft at the Tim Horton’s in Lloydminster earlier that day.
Korey McPhee, 34, of Lloydminster, was charged with theft for both the offences.
Proceeds from the poppy donation campaign directly serve veterans in areas ranging from medical expenses to education bursaries for dependents.