Police ask for your help to stop suspect targeting donation boxes
2017-10-30 11:03 PDT
File # 2017-30136
As Remembrance Day approaches, Coquitlam RCMP is asking the public to make sure that charity donation boxes are properly secured against a suspect who is known for stealing them.
On September 17, 2017, 59-year-old Victor Hansen of Port Coquitlam was charged with theft after a donation box was stolen from a business in the 1000 block of Nicola Avenue, Port Coquitlam. Hansen is known to police for stealing donation boxes and investigators suspect there are similar crimes that are going unreported.
It is entirely possible that people have not reported stolen donation boxes. Either they are not aware it has happened or they think the matter is too trivial for police, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.
We are asking everyone to secure donation boxes, check them regularly, and call police if they’re stolen. We want to make sure donated money goes where it belongs.
The Coquitlam RCMP is releasing this photo to help identify any other victims.
Hansen can be described as:
- 5’8 (173 cms)
- 221 lbs (100Kgs) with a stocky build
- Brown hair that’s short in the front and long in the back
- Brown eyes
- Medium complexion
If you see a donation box theft in progress, call 911 immediately; make sure you do not put yourself in danger by intervening.
If you know of a past donation box theft, call your police of jurisdiction. If the crime happened in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550.
Cpl. Michael McLaughlinMedia Relations Officer
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
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