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Son of veterans group president charged in theft of 10 poppy donation boxes

LONDON, Ont. – The son of the head of a veterans group has been arrested in London, Ont., after several poppy donation boxes were stolen from the group's building.

Ten of the boxes were taken during a break-in Sunday night at the Canadian Corps Association office on Dundas Street.

The suspect broke through a window.

Police announced today that Kenneth Maudsley, 22, has been charged with two counts of break, enter and theft.

The association confirms he is the son of the group's president, Ken Maudsley.

He had no previous involvement with the association and was not a member.

"I'm in shock, I'm in absolute shock,'' Sherry Cornish, an official with the group, said after the arrest.

It's believed the 10 boxes taken from the building contained a total of between $500 and $1,000.

Less than 24 hours after word of the theft came out Wednesday, the group had received more than $10,000 in donations from companies and individuals.

Donations were still coming in Friday.

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