POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing poppy collections from banks and ships across Warrington and Frodsham.
On November 11 while the town stood in silence to honour thousands of soldiers who died fighting for their country the thief snuck into the Lawless Bakery, on Church Street, and snatched the collection tin.
In the last half an hour officers arrested a 33-year-old man at an address in Lachford in connection with a spate of poppy thefts which have left Frodsham residents and charity workers ‘shocked’ and ‘saddened’.
The arrest, comes after a spate of recent thefts of charity boxes from shops, banks and off-licences across Frodsham, Chester and Warrington.
Yesterday Cheshire Police launched a public appeal to find the thief who they belive could be responsible for as many as eight thefts of poppy collection tins containing between £300 and £500 from the British Legion, a Warrington chippy and the Travelodge in Chester.
Appeals were launched on social networking sites with hundreds of people posting messages on Facebook and Twitter slating the thief and urging him to hand himself in.
The spate of thefts began on November 5 when two poppy cash collection tins were stolen from the British Legion and an off-licence in Culcheth.
On the following day the suspect was captured on CCTV stealing a poppy cash collection from chip shop on Station Road South, Padgate, and later the same day a similar theft took place at the Spar store on Thelwall New Road, Grappenhall.
Then on November 8 he stole poppy collections from the HSBC and the Post Office, on Main Street, Frodsham, before travelling to the Travelodge in Chester and stealing a till.
And in what police have slated as the most ‘disrespectful’ of crimes, the thief snuck into Lawless Bakery, in Frodsham and took their poppy tin, while the whole of the nation mourned those who had died fighting in conflicts.
Police confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the crimes and would be questioned by officers later today.