Police officers are searching for a heartless thief who stole a Royal British Legion poppy tin from a venue in Pocklington.
The tin was taken from the BP Garage on Barmby Road during Friday 10 November, ahead of the weekend’s Remembrance Services across the region.
Kevin Warcup, chairman of the Pocklington branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “We understand that on the Friday, this person went into the garage at around 6.29 in the morning and bought a coffee from the Costa machine.
“He went to the till to pay for it and started to walk towards the exit.
“As the girl left the till to stack some shelves as something like that he turned around, went back to the till, picked up the British Legion poppy tin and placed it inside his jacket.
“With the coffee in front of him he just walked out.
“We didn’t know this had happened until the Monday morning when we went to pick up the poppy tins and found it had gone missing.
“The police are following up the theft and have a really good image of a potential suspect. Officers are also looking into the thefts of collection boxes in Beverley, Howden, Stamford Bridge and one in York.
“We have had a good response from residents since word of the theft got around. We’ve had a couple of people say they would help us make up the money.
“We also will need a new Poppy Appeal organiser for next year’s campaign.”