It’s been a disappointing week for one coffee shop owner in Langley, B.C. after three poppy donation boxes were stolen in less than seven days. Poppy box thefts in Canada seem to have become increasingly common this year, as several businesses have reported having their donations stolen. With just days to go until Remembrance Day, the Langley cafe owner described the thieves as “scumbags.”\nEvery year, thousands of Canadians will buy and wear traditional red poppies, in order to honour and commemorate war veterans on November 11.\nWhile poppies are usually distributed by donation-only, a number of opportunistic thieves have taken the chance to steal donation boxes this year, stealing money away from the Canadian Legion charity.\nIn a striking example of just how bad the problem has become, one Vancouver coffee-shop owner has had three poppy donation boxes stolen from him this year, with just days to go until Remembrance Day.\nAccording to the Langley-based coffee shop owner, three donation boxes have been stolen from his store since Sunday November 3, with one thief snatching his last box just days before Remembrance Day.\nView this post on Instagram The @royalcanadianlegion Poppy Drop has begun on Parliament Hill. Pause and remember as 117,000 poppies drop - one for each of Canada's fallen since the beginning of the First World War. The Poppy Drop takes place every night from 6:30-9:30pm until Nov 11 . 📷 @james.peltzer #MyOttawa #Ottawa #DiscoverON #ExploreCanada #canadaremembers A post shared by Ottawa Tourism (@ottawatourism) on Nov 6, 2019 at 12:36pm PST\nA report from Global News revealed that the first theft at Joy of Coffee in Murrayville Square happened last Sunday night, just before 8 p.m.\nA customer took advantage of the cafe’s busy staff, and stole two poppy donation boxes at once, walking out of the front door with a box under each arm.\nJust days later, a couple stole the third box. As a man distracted one of the coffee shop’s employees, a woman put her jacket over the donation box and walked straight out of the cafe.\nThe shop owner told Global News, “They’re scumbags. Not very nice people. There’s not much you can do, but hopefully, they can catch them.”\nView this post on Instagram Your donations to the Poppy Fund make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. #GetYourPoppy on October 26. 🇨🇦 Vos dons au Fonds du coquelicot font une différence dans la vie des vétérans et de leur famille. #PortezUnCoquelicot le 26 octobre. A post shared by Royal Canadian Legion (@royalcanadianlegion) on Oct 25, 2018 at 2:59pm PDT\nAccording to local police, there’s been a bunch of similar thefts in the Langley area this year, and it seems that this might be a Canada-wide problem.\nLast week, it was revealed that similar thefts had taken place in Quebec and Ontario, with one Royal Canadian Legion branch reporting four thefts of donation cans from Tim Hortons locations near Laval.\nIn another upsetting example, 160 mini Canadian flags were also stolen, taken from the graves of war veterans at Windsor Grove Cemetery.\nWhile these thefts seem to have been surprisingly common this year, there were several similar incidences back in 2018, proving that these donation box thefts have been a problem for a number of years.\nView this post on Instagram Did you know? Your contributions to the Poppy Fund help us offer financial assistance and support for Veterans and their families in need. Read stories of the exceptional impact your Poppy Fund donations have had on Canada’s Veterans. Link in bio! #getyourpoppy #canadaremembers #lestweforget #poppycampaign A post shared by Royal Canadian Legion (@royalcanadianlegion) on Oct 30, 2019 at 6:30pm PDT\nThankfully, both incidents of the poppy donation box thefts in Langley were caught on security cameras, and Langley RCMP are now investigating.\nRemembrance Day is on Monday November 11, and there are several ceremonies and services taking place across the capital city.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.