Stolen Reid art work recovered

  • Jun. 11, 2008 3:00 p.m.

All but two of the stolen Bill Reid pieces have been recovered, after an around the clock RCMP investigation. RCMP Chief Superintendent Dale McGowan said at a press conference in Surrey June 10 that two search warrants were executed on residences in the Lower Mainland. This led to the recovery of most of the 15 pieces stolen from the Museum of Anthropology on May 24. On June 8, investigators from E Division’s Serious Crime Unit took three individuals into custody in relation to the thefts. The stolen pieces included 12 works by Haida artist Bill Reid, 11 of which were made of gold. Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick said that the most prized item, Bill Reid’s gold box with an eagle on top was recovered. The investigation included an in-depth examination of the circumstances of the break in and the alarm and video-monitoring system at the museum, said Insp. Fitzpatrick. RCMP feel the remaining two items went to a local buyer or stolen property broker. They are seeking the public’s help in recovering these items. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of these pieces contact Crimestoppers at 778-886-2870.

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