Thursday, June 12, 2008

UBC museum items recovered

Thirteen of the 15 objects stolen from the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver on May 24, 2008 have been recovered.

The objects, which included 12 original works by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid and three Mexican jewelery pieces, were the subject of an intense recovery effort initiated by the RCMP immediately following the break-in.

Among the recovered items are Reid's gold box with a sculptured, three-dimensional eagle; a gold frog brooch; and two bracelets. His argillite pipe and eagle brooch are still missing.

The BC crime has attracted international attention and the RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in recovering the last two items. They believe they are still in the Lower Mainland area. Photographs of the items are on MOA's website.

Contact Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS or call 778.886.2870 if you have any information about the two items.

A customized vending machine at the Museum of Anthropology
Photo by Sue Frause