BRITAINS meanest thief is captured on CCTV shamefully snatching a Poppy Day collection box containing over £30 meant to help Old Soldiers - on Remembrance Sunday.
The beanie wearing meanie first distracted the shop assistant then pulled out a pair of scissors to snip a piece of string securing the red plastic money box to the counter.
Then he tucks it inside his bomber jacket and coolly leaves Rowes Newsmarket store in Wantage, Oxon, but returns four minutes later - with the poppy collection box.
Amazingly he places it back on the counter having emptied it and leaves as if nothing has happened.
Thames Valley Police released these clear images showing the face of the low-life who chose Remembrance Sunday to take money from those who have served their country.
The British Legion collecting boxes are to raise money for the heroic British servicemen and women - past and present - who have given their all for Queen and Country.
Major Jim Sibbald, chairman of the Wantage branch of the British Legion, described the theft of the charity money as a despicable, outrageous and cowardly act.
He said:We have found in Wantage so many generous people who are so thoughtful towards the poppy appeal as well as so many people wearing the poppies with pride.
Then you get a despicable and cowardly person doing something as outrageous as this.
Mayor of Wantage, Mr Patrick OLeary, said:This is a time of remembering people who have made the ultimate sacrifice - people who dont understand are the lowest of the low.
Christine Markham of Rowes Newsmarket, said yesterday:It wasnt until the man from the poppy collection came to pick up the tin that we realised what had happened."
The tin was empty so we checked back through the CCTV and saw the man cutting the rope that attached it the counter and then coming back in after he had emptied it
He only stole from that tin because of the time of year he knew people are generous as he left behind collection boxes for cancer research and a mental health charity.
He is scum and I hope the police catch this man said shop assistant Christine, 53.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said:The pictures are very clear so we hope that somebody will be able to come forward and tell us exactly who this person is.
If he has a shred of decency it might be a good idea to turn himself in first he said.
Police believe he also took £80 from another poppy day box at a nearby garden centre
This is taken from a daily newspaper today.
I just think how low can people get?