Ger­man ad­dict steals coin tin... on Poppy Day

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Re­becca Cam­ber Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

JUST two hours af­ter the na­tion had fallen si­lent to mark the end of the First World War, a thief strolled into an of­fice re­cep­tion area and took a poppy col­lec­tion tin.

Jorge Buyukyoaid­is, 54, swiped the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion tin of do­na­tions on Novem­ber 11 – one of eight col­lec­tion boxes he stole from across the City of Lon­don.

The heroin user was ar­rested at a Metro Bank try­ing to ex­change £36 of coins for larger de­nom­i­na­tions, af­ter po­lice iden­ti­fied him from CCTV footage.

Yes­ter­day, the home­less ad­dict from Ger­many was jailed for ten weeks af­ter it emerged he had been steal­ing char­ity col­lec­tion boxes since his ar­rival in the UK.

It is not known how much money he ac­cu­mu­lated, or if he had a crim­i­nal record in Ger­many. West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’

‘This was a tar­geted theft’

Court heard he ar­rived in the UK three months ago, but found him­self home­less af­ter los­ing his bank card and pass­port.

He turned to theft, steal­ing col­lec­tion boxes from shops, of­fices and busi­nesses.

Buyukyoaid­is was charged with eight counts of theft of col­lec­tion boxes, seven be­long­ing to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, be­tween Septem­ber 13 and Novem­ber 21, and one charge of at­tempted theft. He ad­mit­ted the thefts.

Judge Richard Blake said: ‘This was a tar­geted theft of char­ity boxes, so it is an ag­gra­vated of­fence. You will be in cus­tody for Christ­mas and you will not be prey­ing on char­ity boxes.’

Brid­get Irv­ing, de­fend­ing, said her client ‘in­tends to re­turn to Ger­many to un­der­take a methadone pro­gramme’.

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