Langley coffee shop loses 3 poppy donation boxes to thieves in less than a week

A Langley coffee shop owner is hoping to catch the thieves who have stolen three poppy donation boxes from his store since Sunday, Nov. 3.

Both incidents were caught on security video at the Joy of Coffee in Murrayville Square. The video has been provided to Langley RCMP, who confirm the thefts are being investigated.

The first theft happened on Sunday night shortly before 8 p.m. The video shows a man walking right out the front door with a box in each arm.

“He was sitting at a table at the front of the store,” owner Ron Corrado said.

On Thursday around 3:45 p.m., a couple approached the counter. As the man distracted the employee, the woman put her jacket over the donation box. A short time later, the woman left with the box wrapped in the jacket as the man counted out change for a purchase.

Corrado didn’t mince words when asked what he thought of the suspects.

“They’re scumbags,” he said. “Not very nice people. There’s not much you can do, but hopefully they can catch them.”

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