A man who surrendered to police on Monday after a poppy box was stolen in Etobicoke was released on $3,000 bail Tuesday. 

Tomas Hvozdar, 26, is facing three counts of theft under $5,000 and one count of failing to comply with recognizance. 

He will live with his mother under house arrest until his next court appearance on Dec. 7.  He has also been ordered to surrender his travel documents.

Hvozdar spoke to reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday.

“I don’t know how to apologize you know, because I done it…I am feeling sorry but I don’t know how to explain,” he said.

Hvozdar’s lawyer said the accused is going through a difficult time. He has an 18-year-old stepdaughter who is being treated for a brain tumour at a Toronto hospital, Alison Mackay said in court.

“They’re expecting her to have three weeks to a month [to live],” Mackay told CityNews outside of court.

“To watch a young girl die is horrific for anybody,” she added.

Mackay also said Hvozdar is relatively new to the country and may not understand the significance of the poppy.