Orangeville man arrested for theft of poppy donations
Your Orangeville Police Service has arrested an Orangeville man with stealing poppy donation money.
On Monday, October 28, 2019, at approximately 9:35 p.m. a male attended the Tim Hortons restaurant at 92 First Street. When staff members were out of sight he removed the donation container from the Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation box that was located on the counter. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on October 29th, the same male attended the Circle K Convenience Store located at 75 First Street and attempted to remove the donation container from another poppy box on the stores checkout counter. A store employee observed the male attempting to steal the container causing the male to flee the store with only a piece of cardboard from the display. At approximately 3:30 p.m. the same afternoon (October 29th), the male attempted to steal approximately $70.00 worth of items from Zehrs Markets at 50 Fourth Avenue. The male was arrested by Zehrs loss prevention officers but escaped their custody while being escorted back into the store. In all incidents the suspect was captured on security video cameras and the footage was turned over to police.
On Thursday, October 31st, Orangeville Police officers observed the suspect walking on Bythia Street. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.
Andre Baluse, 21, of Orangeville, was charged with 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.