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Vets' poppy fund collection boxes stolen

Six poppy fund boxes were stolen from businesses along Vedder Road. The annual poppy fund raises money for vets in need and their families. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS FILE
Six poppy fund boxes were stolen from businesses along Vedder Road. The annual poppy fund raises money for vets in need and their families.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS FILE

CHILLIWACK - Six poppy fund collection boxes for Remembrance Day donations were stolen over the past five days from several Chilliwack businesses along Vedder Road.

"The motivation behind crimes like this is just pure greed," RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.

"Our veterans have played such an integral role for Canadians, and it's really upsetting to have to report on a crime like this," she said.

The annual 11-day poppy fund drive in Chilliwack raises about $20,000 to help local veterans.

Police said it's difficult to tell when the thefts occurred. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion realized that the boxes were missing when they came to collect the donations made for poppies.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-702-5571 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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