Two people have been charged with theft after cash was stolen
from an elderly RSA poppy seller outside a Wanganui
Police notified the community through their Facebook page
this week that support and information from the public had
led to the identification of the two people.
A local woman will appear in the Whanganui District Court
next week on the theft charge, and a male youth has been
referred to the Youth Court.
The theft happened at lunchtime on April 17 outside New World
when a collection bucket holding about $300 was snatched.
The incident left the elderly female poppy seller shaken and
distraught and caused an outcry on the Chronicle's Facebook
Told of the arrests yesterday, Wanganui RSA manager Dave
Large said it was great news, but instead of a kick in the
backside which some people wanted to dish out, he would like
those responsible for the theft to go to the RSA and learn
why Anzac Day was seen as sacred.
"We like to think they will face the lesson and front up to
the RSA, and convert them for the future," Mr Large said.
Following the theft, Wanganui district councillor Ray Stevens
took up a collection at his Double S Motordrome and raised
$345 which he handed over to the RSA on Monday.
Other offers of donations were received from people outraged
by the theft.
- Wanganui Chronicle