Two poppy appeal donation boxes were stolen from the Toby Carvery in Eastbourne this weekend.
The incident occurred at 3.40am on Saturday, November 2, which saw a fruit machine and two poppy boxes stolen.
Alan Young, the poppy appeal organiser for the Eastbourne area, said the restaurant contacted the police and has CCTV footage of the burglar.
Mr Young said in light of the events, the Eastbourne Veteran’s club raised £200 for the appeal the next day at their monthly meet.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “Sussex Police are investigating a break-in which occurred overnight between November 1 and 2 at a restaurant in Edward Road, Eastbourne.
“Money was reported as stolen from a fruit machine which was inside the premises.
“Anyone with information or saw any suspicious behaviour in this area at this time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 374 02/11.”