Man charged after poppy box stolen


HALIFAX – A man is facing charges after he allegedly snatched a poppy donation box from a Halifax Tim Hortons.

Police say a man entered the coffee shop on Barrington Street around 3:40 p.m. last Sunday and after a short time, he took a poppy can and exited the store.

Investigators say they identified a suspect, and around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, a 51-year-old man was arrested without incident in the area of Cunard and Gottingen streets.

George Allen Clayton is facing charges including theft under $5,000, possession of property by crime under $5,000 and failure to comply with a probation order.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy fund provides financial assistance and other services for veterans of the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces, including medical care and basic amenities.