Remembrance Day thief spared jail for 'despicable' theft

Marcin Rychlewski took three Royal British Legion appeal boxes from tills at a garden centre on November 12 last year but was spared jail

Marcin Rychlewski took three Royal British Legion appeal boxes from tills at a garden centre on November 12 last year but was spared jail

An immigrant thief who stole poppy collection boxes on Remembrance Sunday has avoided jail after telling a court he did not realise the significance of the fundraiser.

Marcin Rychlewski took three Royal British Legion appeal boxes from tills at a garden centre on November 12 last year. 

The 40-year-old, a former employee at Wyevale's Pennine Garden Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said he was upset when management cut his working hours.

He admitted burgling the Huddersfield Road garden centre when he took his partner there to attend a job interview.

But he claimed he didn't realise the significance of the annual fundraising campaign. 

Prosecutor Andy Wills told Kirklees magistrates that they arrived at 8.40am on the Sunday when the premises was still closed.

His partner was greeted by a member of staff and they went into the building together.

The door was left unlocked and Rychlewski followed a few minutes later, going straight to the till area.

Mr Wills said: 'There were charity boxes situated on the tills and he initially tried to gain access to them there.

The 40-year-old, a former employee at Wyevale's Pennine Garden Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, claimed he did not realise the significance of the poppy appeal

The 40-year-old, a former employee at Wyevale's Pennine Garden Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, claimed he did not realise the significance of the poppy appeal

'This proved quite difficult so he decided to take them and concealed three poppy appeal boxes in his bag.

'He tried

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