Bristol poppy tin thief caught on CCTV sent to prison
A man accused of stealing three Royal British Legion poppy tins from two shops and a bank in Bristol has been jailed for four and a half months.
John Peter Davis, 29, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing the tins from a hardware store and a bank.
The third theft took place in a newsagents on Armistice Day. Davis was arrested after CCTV from the hardware store was handed over to police.
He was also ordered to pay the Royal British Legion £100 compensation.
Davis, a heroin and crack addict, pleaded guilty to the three charges of theft at Bristol Magistrates' Court.
Magistrate Karen Shaw said: "There was a real genuine loss to the Royal British Legion.
"It is a good cause and people worked hard to raise that money."
The tins were stolen from Pearce's Hardware on Gloucester Road on 9 November, the NatWest bank on Corn Street on 10 November and McColls newsagent on Cheltenham Road on 11 November.