Hamilton, Ont. police are asking the public for help identifying a man who stole two poppy donation boxes Wednesday morning.

Police say a male suspect entered a Tim Hortons on Ottawa Street North at about 5:30 a.m. and placed an order with the clerk.

When the clerk turned to fill the order, he grabbed a donation box and fled the scene.

About 30 minutes later, a male matching the same description also stole a donation box from a Time Hortons on King Street West.

The poppy donation campaign is run by the Royal Canadian Legion in the lead-up to Remembrance Day and money collected goes to help war veterans in the community.

The suspect is described as an East Asian man in his early 20s, 5'8" tall with a medium build and shot black hair. He has a goatee and was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket with a white stripe down the sleeve and a logo on the back.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Hamilton Police at 905-546-4925 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

The robberies come little more than a day after donation box was stolen from a Pizza Nova shop in Toronto.

Police say a suspect grabbed the box off the restaurant counter on The Queensway near Royal York around 11:45 Monday night.