A 31-year-old Toronto man has been charged with stealing poppy boxes from three different west-end businesses.

Det. Tim Jacob said Christopher Ethier is known to police and was on probation when he was collared on Thursday around 10:40 a.m.

Ethier was found carrying $282 — money police believe came from the poppy boxes.

A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence turned up a knapsack filled with poppies, Jacob added.

Police say the thefts took place over three days, starting at a Tim Hortons on Eglinton Avenue West on Tuesday. Boxes were also stolen from a Beer Store near Oakwood Avenue and Vaughan Road on Wednesday, and a Subway sandwich franchise on Eglinton Ave., Thursday, shortly before the arrest was made.

Security images played an important role in the arrest, Jacob said, after the suspect was found wearing the same clothes he wore during the alleged crimes that were caught on tape.

An outraged public flooded police with tips.

“The amount of calls we’ve received is incredible, it just tugs at everybody’s heart,” Jacob, whose father is a veteran, added.

The accused will make a court appearance on Friday morning.

He’s facing three counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime (under) and three counts of fail to comply with probation.