Arrest made in Vernon poppy tin theft

However, RCMP are looking for different suspects in connection with two similar thefts from Vernon businesses

One arrest has been made in connection with a theft of a Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation tin from a Vernon business.

However, Vernon RCMP are looking for a suspect or suspects in connection with two other similar incidents.

A poppy donation box was stolen from Bosley’s  by Pet Valu in The Shops at Polson Park Mall on Nov. 2. A man was caught on surveillance camera stealing the box which contained poppies and a donation tin.

A suspect was arrested Friday.

“We primarily used the surveillance video to help identify the suspect,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “He is known to us.”

Matthew Scott Stadel, 29, is facing three counts of theft. One is in relation to the incident at Bosley’s. The other two are alleged to involve thefts of a tip jar from the downtown liquor store and merchandise from a Vernon drug store.

He is also charged with failure to comply with a probation order.

Stadel was to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday to face the charges.

RCMP, meanwhile, continue to follow up on two other thefts of poppy donation boxes in Vernon.

On Nov. 4, shortly before 10:45 p.m., a man stole the poppy donation box from Tim Hortons on Highway 6.

The box was later found and returned, but the money can was missing.

Then, on Friday, Nov. 6, the poppy donation tin was stolen from TD/Canada Trust on 32nd Street between noon and 2 p.m.

RCMP are following up on both thefts.

“It’s despicable, to be honest,” said Noseworthy when asked about stealing from an organization such as the Royal Canadian Legion where the poppy fund is one of the organization’s main fundraisers.

“The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit organization. The donations from the annual poppy drive are used in numerous ways in our community. They fund programs for everyone from students to veterans.

“The poppy campaign is a way to remember and honour our veterans and show our support for those currently serving our communities and our country.”

Anybody with any information on the thefts is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Just Posted

Car of missing Victoria pair found in Vernon

RCMP encourage people to call with information, not just post on social media

Families receive support from ‘Living Flag’ fundraisers

A young man and a boy who both live with limited mobility were supported by the Canada Day events

Cross-country Jeep tour to drive home donations for food bank

The Jeep Okanagan club will also raise donations at its Rally Through the Valley event in September

UPDATE: Machinery malfunctions in Lake Country sending one man to hospital

The accident was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Friday

North Okanagan artist to tackle stereotypes in Vernon workshop

Armstrong-raised artist Romi Kim to host workshop at Caetani Cultural Centre on Thursday

Osoyoos woman who threatened mom and baby with butcher knife sentenced

Sharon Constance Forner pleaded guilty to one criminal charge and was sentenced

Injured hiker rescued in Peachland

The woman fell while hiking Pincushion Mountain on Friday

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Haida artist to perform at George Ryga Festival in Summerland

Interweavings features music from Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Bill Henderson

Princeton hosts Western Canada’s only festival devoted exclusively to traditional music

From a Doukhobor choir to folk singers, singer songwriters, Celtic music and… Continue reading

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

Okanagan partners respond to provincial ride-hailing requirements

The Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan states its position

Bag of white substance found near Summerland water park

Resident concerned crystal meth was left near children’s play area

Most Read