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Footage released of man police want to speak to about Poppy Appeal collection box theft

Posted on 7th November 2014


CCTV footage has been released in connection with the theft of a Poppy Appeal collection box from a city centre shop.

The Royal British Legion box had been on a jewellery counter at Argos, in London Road, Derby, next to a box of poppies.

It was stolen by a man who walked into the store, approached the counter and placed the tin inside his jacket before walking out.

The theft happened at about 4.50pm on Friday, October 31.

It is not known how much cash had been in the tin but it all belonged to the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal campaign.

Police investigating the offence have now released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to.

The man was white, with short, dark hair and glasses. He wore a distinctive rucksack as shown in the CCTV footage, along with a bright green carrier bag believed to be from a Co-operative supermarket. He was wearing a shirt, tie, suit trousers and black shoes, and appeared to have a lanyard or identity badge around his neck.

Do you recognise the man in the footage, or do you have any information on the offence?

Anyone who knows who the man might be should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 46602/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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