Thieves caught on camera stealing a poppy tin minutes before Remembrance Day parade

// World | Thieves caught on camera stealing a poppy tin minutes before Remembrance Day parade
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Simon Tomlinson

PUBLISHED: 07:28 EST, 13 November 2012 | UPDATED: 08:18 EST, 13 November 2012

This is the moment a shameless woman thief snatches a poppy collection tin minutes before a Remembrance Day parade.

She was caught red-handed on CCTV grabbing the box while her male accomplice distracted an employee.

Meanwhile, proud veterans were preparing to march through Hockley in Essex to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Disgraceful behaviour: A woman is caught on CCTV pinching a poppy appeal collection tin moments before veterans paraded through the village to mark Remembrance Day

Disgraceful behaviour: A woman is caught on CCTV pinching a poppy appeal collection tin moments before veterans paraded through the village to mark Remembrance Day

The collection contained an estimated £200 which had been due to be donated to the Royal British Legion.

Stunned shop owner Peter Wood, 49, said: 'It’s a total disgrace what they did.

'While everyone in the country is paying our respects to British troops they are here helping themselves to charity cash.

'If they have one ounce of decency in them they will return the money to the local Royal British Legion where it belongs.'

The thieves are believed to have targeted Poppy Appeal tins at another two stores in nearby Rochford, Essex, just hours after the original theft at Costcutter in Hockley at 1.20pm on Sunday.

Surveying their target: The woman and her male accomplice, descirbed as being of eastern European appearance, entered the store at around 1.20pm on Sunday

Surveying their target: The woman and her male accomplice, descirbed as being of eastern European appearance, entered the store at around 1.20pm on Sunday

Teamwork: The man prepares to distract the shop employee to allow his partner-in-crime to move in for the poppy tin

Teamwork: The man prepares to distract the shop employee to allow his partner-in-crime to move in for the poppy tin

Snatch and grab: The woman takes the tin, which contained around £200 for the Royal British Legion

Snatch and grab: The woman takes the tin, which contained around £200 for the Royal British Legion

The spate of thefts has left locals, who joined a Remembrance Day parade through the town centre at 2pm on Sunday, disgusted.

Len James, 70, who has organised poppy collections in the Hockley area on behalf of the Royal British Legion for the past eight years, says locals would not allow the raids to ruin the town’s proud Remembrance Day parade.

He said: 'You don’t let them beat you. You just do it again next year. It has spoilt a good weekend but you can’t let the mindless one or two ruin the whole lot.

'We had about 200 people in Hockley for the parade on Sunday.'

Police are now hunting the pair, who are described as being of Eastern European appearance, aged in their late 20s and early 30s and both dressed in black.

Show of respect: Veterans took part in parades up and down the country on Sunday to mark Remembrance Day in honour of comrades who have died in battle since World War I

Show of respect: Veterans took part in parades up and down the country on Sunday to mark Remembrance Day in honour of comrades who have died in battle since World War I

Poignant: The poppy appeal raises money for the Royal British Legion which provides care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families

Poignant: The poppy appeal raises money for the Royal British Legion which provides care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families

A police spokesman said: 'Police have appealed for information after three Poppy Appeal tins were stolen from shops in Rochford and Hockley.

'Officers were called to the Costcutter store in Main Road, on Sunday November 11 following reports that a Royal British Legion collection box had been taken.

'A man and a woman entered the shop at about 1.20pm and while the man distracted a member of staff the woman stole the collecting tin, containing an unknown sum of money.

'The man and woman were described as being Eastern European, aged in their late 20s or early 30s, and were both dressed in black.

'The man and woman are also thought to be responsible for a similar theft at Tates Spar shop at West Street Rochford at 2pm and at Sanders Food and Wine shop in Ashingdon Road, Rochford at 2.30pm.'

The sickening theft comes just weeks after vandals ripped a metal plaque, containing the names of brave soldiers who died in the Second World War, off a war memorial in nearby Brentwood, Essex.

Anyone with information in connection to the Poppy Appeal thefts is asked to call the Rayleigh area investigation team on 101.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Larry Otu, Nigerian Business Man Assaulted By Air Force Men For Not Giving First Lady Right Of Way

A Warri, Delta State based business man who was brutalized by Air Force men is crying for justice. The visit of Nigeria's First Lady, Dame Patience ... Full story

Nigerian Celebrities That Made It Big Without University Degrees

Warning; This list only goes to show that everyone has a different path in life. Do NOT drop out after reading through.   There are also a ... Full story

Heart Breaking Photos Of Nigerians Killed Yesterday At Jos Bomb Blast (STRONG IMAGES)

Reports have it no fewer than 12 people were killed in yesterday’s twin bombing attack near the University of Jos. According to a PunchNG correspondent, ... Full story

Police Rescues Baby Sold For N300,000 By His Own Father

Lady luck shone on him, just as his destiny was determined to overcome. This seems to be the story of a 12-month-old baby boy, Chizoba ... Full story

Angry Fans Bombard Duncan Mighty After He Insulted Muhammadu Buhari

The self acclaimed Port Harcourt first son is being bombarded by a barrage of angry comments from fans after he posted a derogatory inscription about ... Full story

Three Suspects Arrested By Police Over Okrika Mayhem

Police detectives have queried top Rivers Peoples Democratic party (PDP) members over the mayhem at an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okrika, hometown of ... Full story

Goodluck Jonathan Visits Baga, Borno State Mubi In Adamawa

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited Baga town in Borno State, and Mubi in Adamawa. During his visit, he addressed officers and men of the Nigerian ... Full story

Meet The World's Richest Women Worth A Combined $220 Billion (From Companies Founded By Their Late Fathers And Husbands)

Meet the world's richest women worth a combined $220 BILLION from companies founded by their late fathers and husbands The world's nine wealthiest women are worth ... Full story

New Babies On The Way For Nigerian Music Stars

We are not even through the first quarter of 2015 yet but following indications from recent developments, it is fast proving beyond doubts that the ... Full story

Islamic State Militant Jihadi John Named As Mohammed Emwazi From London

The masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named. The ... Full story

Nigerian's Protest As Muhammadu Buhari Arrives At Chatham House In London

Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate arrived at the Chatham House in the United Kingdon today to meet a battery of protesters. Many ... Full story

Comment on: Thieves caught on camera stealing a poppy tin minutes before Remembrance Day parade

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

PSquare Pictured With Billionaire Tony Elemulu

Nigerian music duo, PSquare and Nigerian billionaire/bank mogul, Tony Elumelu were together recently for some business discussions which are yet to be disclosed to the ... Full story

Confederation Of African Football Agrees To Shift 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, has hinted that the Confederation of African Football are favourably disposed to move the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to ... Full story

Much ado about Orange Drugs’ boss, Tony Ezenna’s link with Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buhari

That which is everybody's business is often nobody's business; hence the rumour mill may slow its grind as it propagates the rumour that Orange Drugs ...

Fashion Police: Fans blast Kcee for wrong fashion combination

Kinsley Okonkwo, the‘Limpopo’ crooner better known as Kcee has been put on a blast by his fans over his outfit of sneakers on suit. Most ...

Yemi Alade Remember Late Dad In A Special way

Vivacious singer, Yemi Alade, lost her father, Mr. J.A. Alade, few week ago after a brief illness. The ‘Tangerine’ crooner remembers the man that brought ...

New Bride Stabs Hubby To Death, Five Days After Marriage

What could have prompted an 18-year-old new bride to stab her husband to death, just 5 days after their marriage? This question and more are ...

I Regret Not Being Featured in Davido’s ‘Aye’…Waje

One of Nigeria’s most adored female singer, Waje Iruobe in a chat with fans recently monitored by Nigeriafilms.com, had revealed that she hopes to start ...

D’Banj Finally Lost it on Stage While Performing

All in the name of entertainment, some ladies tends to lose their dignity and pride as a woman when they go clubbing and are opportuned ...

Fans Attack Singer, Duncan Mighty For Mocking Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

What an expensive joke on social media made by Porthacourt base singer, Duncan Mighty. The singer recently tried to convince his fans on the choice ...

My Face is Scarce Because I Can’t Serve God and Serve Marmon…Charles Okafor

Nollywood actor, Charles Okafor, has been a bit scarce in the movie industry and many have been wondering what could have kept the actor away ...