Thief snatches Poppy Appeal collection pot from Weymouth shop

BRAZEN ACT: A Poppy Appeal collection box was stolen from the Costcutter shop in Portland Road, Wyke Regis

DESPICABLE CRIME: Inspector Les Fry

WANTED: A man police would like to speak to in connection with the collection box theft

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A still from the CCTV film at the Costcutter shop in Wyke Regis which police are examining

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A BRAZEN thief snatched a Poppy Appeal collection pot from a shop counter in Weymouth.

The thief, described as ‘despicable’ by police, is understood to have slipped the Royal British Legion charity box inside his coat at the Costcutter store in Portland Road, Wyke Regis, while the shop owner’s back was turned.

As police launched an appeal to find the man responsible, the shop released CCTV images of a man wearing a blue coat and glasses who may have information about the theft.

A copy of the CCTV recording has been handed to police to help investigations.

The appeal for information was launched just after Remembrance Sunday when Dorset stood silent to honour the fallen who gave their lives for their country.

In the run-up to the weekend when Services of Remembrance were held at war memorials, people expressed their support for the work of the Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal.

The theft from Costcutter happened between 6.15pm and 6.30pm on Friday, November 9.

It is not known how much the box contained but it is thought it may have been quite full considering it happened towards the end of the appeal.

It is believed the theft happened when the shop owner turned his back on a customer he was serving.

Naomi Turner, Poppy Appeal organiser for Weymouth and chairman of the town’s RBL branch described the theft as ‘very sad’ and said it was the second Royal British Legion charity box to have been stolen in Weymouth – another was taken from NatWest bank on the first weekend of November.

She said: “We had another Poppy Appeal pot taken early on but that would have been almost empty, this would have been full.

“Weymouth is the most generous place I’ve ever come across, we have 500 collection boxes across the town.

“On Saturday we raised £620 in the Asda foyer with four boxes, which was amazing.

“It’s so sad that an individual can think they have the right to take money that people have donated.”

She added: “The Poppy Appeal does so much good for so many ex-service people and their families.

“These people have served the country and sometimes they’ve lost the people most dear to them.

“Every penny raised goes to the Poppy Appeal, all our collectors are volunteers and nothing is taken out for administration costs.

“The appeal provides help almost from the cradle to the grave because it provides for children of ex-service people right the way through to ex-service people who need wheelchairs.”

Inspector Les Fry, who heads Weymouth and Portland police, said: “This is a despicable crime, stealing from people whose need is far greater than the criminal’s.

“We hope we can get some information that will lead to the apprehension of the offender and the recovery of the money.

“We hope the community, when they hear about this brazen act, will come forward and tell us who’s taken this collection pot.

“These people who the money is intended for have a real need and we want to do everything we can to support the good work that the Poppy Appeal does.”

Anyone with any information regarding this crime should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime number 47445.

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10:05am Tue 13 Nov 12

JamesYoung says...

When you catch him, send him to Helmand. Then maybe he'll get it.
When you catch him, send him to Helmand. Then maybe he'll get it. JamesYoung
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10:12am Tue 13 Nov 12

tedbungy says...

How about putting his photo on the report
How about putting his photo on the report tedbungy
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10:38am Tue 13 Nov 12

killerkelly1980 says...

Needs his hands cutting off!!
Needs his hands cutting off!! killerkelly1980
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10:58am Tue 13 Nov 12

cecilbdoomil says...

As police launched an appeal to find the man responsible, the shop released CCTV images of a man wearing a blue coat and glasses who may have information about the theft."


And where is it here? Really useful that....
As police launched an appeal to find the man responsible, the shop released CCTV images of a man wearing a blue coat and glasses who may have information about the theft." And where is it here? Really useful that.... cecilbdoomil
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11:17am Tue 13 Nov 12

jusphil says...

killerkelly1980 wrote:
Needs his hands cutting off!!
It's not his hands that need cutting off.
[quote][p][bold]killerkelly1980[/bold] wrote: Needs his hands cutting off!![/p][/quote]It's not his hands that need cutting off. jusphil
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11:19am Tue 13 Nov 12

annotator1 says...

Maybe there is no photo due to the BBC misreporting issue? Perhaps the MD doesn't want to get a vast pay off if it is the wrong person!
Maybe there is no photo due to the BBC misreporting issue? Perhaps the MD doesn't want to get a vast pay off if it is the wrong person! annotator1
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12:01pm Tue 13 Nov 12

212 dorset says...

annotator1 wrote:
Maybe there is no photo due to the BBC misreporting issue? Perhaps the MD doesn't want to get a vast pay off if it is the wrong person!
Read the article and how it is worded . " a man who MAY have information". It's worded so it is not accusing him so a picture should be fine to publish .
[quote][p][bold]annotator1[/bold] wrote: Maybe there is no photo due to the BBC misreporting issue? Perhaps the MD doesn't want to get a vast pay off if it is the wrong person![/p][/quote]Read the article and how it is worded . " a man who MAY have information". It's worded so it is not accusing him so a picture should be fine to publish . 212 dorset
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2:23pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Tactical says...

who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.
who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper. Tactical
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2:32pm Tue 13 Nov 12

tedbungy says...

Tactical wrote:
who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.
Theres always one
[quote][p][bold]Tactical[/bold] wrote: who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.[/p][/quote]Theres always one tedbungy
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3:21pm Tue 13 Nov 12

JamesYoung says...

Tactical wrote:
who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.
Please don't feed the troll.
[quote][p][bold]Tactical[/bold] wrote: who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.[/p][/quote]Please don't feed the troll. JamesYoung
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3:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MattWey77 says...

Tactical wrote:
who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.
He is stealing from the kind hearted people of Weymouth who have put their money into that collection. I assume that if someone popped around to your home and stole some of your money/property you would not mind in the slightest, and just say "arh, well never mind, maybe s/he was hungry...."
[quote][p][bold]Tactical[/bold] wrote: who cares its a bloody poppy box with around £3 in, wouldnt see this story if it was a bottle of vodka or something more exspensive. Maybe the man was starving and didnt want to steal food so took the box, maybe hes just a plain thief and gets a buzz from risk taking and gains. either way a pathetic story to put in paper.[/p][/quote]He is stealing from the kind hearted people of Weymouth who have put their money into that collection. I assume that if someone popped around to your home and stole some of your money/property you would not mind in the slightest, and just say "arh, well never mind, maybe s/he was hungry...." MattWey77
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4:01pm Tue 13 Nov 12

islandman says...

Just read of a similar thing here, if the link fails,you will find it on the mailonline website.

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Just read of a similar thing here, if the link fails,you will find it on the mailonline website. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2232260/Thieves-caug ht-camera-stealing-p oppy-tin-minutes-Rem embrance-Day-parade. html islandman
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6:24am Wed 14 Nov 12

SovietMIRV6 says...

tedbungy wrote:
How about putting his photo on the report
There are four photos under the main image of the costcutter store.
[quote][p][bold]tedbungy[/bold] wrote: How about putting his photo on the report[/p][/quote]There are four photos under the main image of the costcutter store. SovietMIRV6
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12:21pm Wed 14 Nov 12

stench says...

dont recgonise him, but i bet someone does.

Let's hope they're the decent type that will put his name forward...
dont recgonise him, but i bet someone does. Let's hope they're the decent type that will put his name forward... stench
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