Guelph man charged in poppy donation box theft: OPP

Wellington County OPP say a Guelph man has been arrested following a poppy donation box theft north of the Royal City.

The box was reported stolen on Nov. 5 from a restaurant in Palmerston, which is about 60 kilometres northwest of Guelph.

Police said a man walked up to the counter at around 5:40 a.m. and grabbed the donation box off the counter before leaving.

He returned to steal a second box later in the day but was unsuccessful, OPP said in a news release on Friday.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on Nov. 8 after an employee at the Main Street West restaurant called the police to report that the suspect had returned.

Police said the suspect allegedly gave officers a false name while being arrested, but he was recognized from another investigation in a neighbouring community.

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