Orangeville man arrested following theft of poppy donations

November 15, 2019   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville Police have arrested an Orangeville man said to have stolen poppy donations.

On Monday, October 28, at approximately 9:35 p.m. a man attended the Tim Hortons restaurant at 92 First Street, and when staff members were out of sight removed the donation container from the Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation box located on the counter. 

At about 1:00 a.m. on October 29, the same male entered the Circle K Convenience Store at 75 First Street and attempted to remove the donation container from another poppy box on the store’s checkout counter. A store employee who observed him trying to steal the container caused him to flee the store with only a piece of cardboard from the display. 

At about 3:30 p.m. the same day, the man attempted to steal approximately $70 worth of goods from Zehrs Markets at 50 Fourth Avenue. He was arrested by Zehrs loss prevention officers but escaped their custody while being escorted back to the store. In all the incidents the suspect was captured on security video cameras and the footage was turned over to police.

On Thursday, October 31, Orangeville Police officers who observed the suspect walking on Bythia Street arrested him and took him into custody.

Andre Baluse, 21, of Orangeville, faces three counts of theft under $5000, escape lawful custody and possession of cocaine. The accused man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on December 3rd, 2019, to answer to the allegations.

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