RCMP ask tipster to come forward in museum theft
Published Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:33AM PDT
RCMP believe the person or persons suspected in the theft of several iconic gold pieces from the Museum of Anthropology are from B.C.'s Lower Mainland and may be trying to sell the artwork through criminal associates.
An anonymous tipster called police about the theft of twelve pieces of jewelry designed by late Haida artist Bill Reid, worth as much as $2 million, which were stolen from the museum on the University of British Columbia campus last month.
The tipster may have more information to provide, and police want to speak to him or her, they said.
But they have not ruled out the possibility of an international art thief.
The theft occurred between Friday night and Saturday morning on May 24th, and the university is offering a $50,000 reward in connection with the investigation.
Reid is perhaps best known for his sculpture "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii" which is featured on the Canadian $20 bill.
The stolen works designed by the internationally renowned artist include a gold box, a brooch, several bracelets and cufflinks.
It would be extremely difficult to sell the pieces because Reid's work is so well known in the Canadian art community, the museum's associate director told CTV News last week.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the RCMP at 778-886-2870.