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No bail for alleged poppy-box thief

A man accused of stealing three poppy boxes from west-end businesses was denied bail during a court appearance on Friday morning.

The 31-year-old suspect, Christopher Ethier, was charged on Thursday for the alleged thefts of poppy boxes earlier this week at a Tim Hortons at Dufferin and Eglinton, a Beer Store at Oakwood Avenue and Vaughan Road, and an Eglinton Avenue Subway sandwich outlet.

He will next appear in court on Nov. 13.

Ethier was known to police prior to his arrest and authorities allege a backpack full of poppies was found during a search of his home. He was carrying $282 — money investigators believe came from the Royal Canadian Legion donation boxes — at the time of his arrest.

Security video and tips from the public helped investigators track down the suspect.

Ethier is facing three counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime (under), and three counts of fail to comply with probation.

Meanwhile, Toronto police are investigating another theft of a poppy box at a downtown Tim Hortons.

A man believed to be in his 20s walked into the coffee shop on Yonge Street south of Dundas Street just before 10 a.m.

He took a poppy box and fled on foot, heading north on Yonge.