Strange objects reported stolen in Canada in 2021
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For the past few years, we’ve been chronicling the strangest items reported stolen from Canadian law enforcement.
This feature started off strong in 2018, with a taxidermized duckling launching a list that also included a corpse, a rare eagle named Riff-Raff, and over $ 150,000 worth of beer.
Somehow, the 2019 edition managed to meet that high bar, featuring as a fencing mask signed by the cast of a beloved film, beach sand and a tank. of dunk.
COVID-19 couldn’t even stop Canada’s weird thieves from plying their trade, as evidenced by last year’s roster, which included part of a famous bobsleigh, a playground slide and a mascot costume, among other special items.
There certainly can’t be much left. At some point we will surely have to run out of fertile ground for these bandits.
That may well be the case in the future, but it certainly wasn’t in 2021. In fact, it could be argued that the fertile ground itself has been pinched this year.
Read on to learn about the stolen items that have puzzled us the most over the past 12 months.
A LOT AND A LOT OF WOOD
For a few weeks this spring, I had the impression that wood was the most precious object in the world.
With so many of us having to spend a second year primarily at home planning major home improvement projects, and the pandemic causing production cuts at some facilities, it’s no surprise that wood prices are rising. work explode – or that some do nothing. -wells engineered to take advantage of the suddenly hot commodity.
From British Columbia to Newfoundland, it seemed that no part of the country was immune to the wave of timber thefts. A burglary outside Calgary netted more than $ 80,000 in lumber, while a suspect in Saskatoon told police he was building a patio, but seemed visibly unsure of the details.
As spring turned into summer, wood prices started to drop and the great wood crisis of 2021 came to an end.
Like lumber, hay has become a valuable commodity this year due to significant external forces.
For much of 2021, farmers and ranches in the West struggled to get enough fodder for their crops, thanks to the drought last summer.
When food is so hard to come by, even for those who grow hay, it’s even harder for organizations like the SPCA to get what they need to care for their animals.
The Alberta government had agreed to donate 70 bales – about $ 10,000 worth of hay – to the SPCA, but they were illegally cut and baled before that happened.
THE AIRPODS OF THE PAPER CLIP CHALLENGE
Do you remember Kyle MacDonald? Over a decade ago, the Saskatchewan blogger went from a red paperclip to a two-story house.
MacDonald’s story continues to be admired around the world, including recently that of a young boy from his own province. Ten-year-old Thomas Ballantyne was trying to emulate MacDonald’s journey, trading in his own paperclip for a PlayStation 5.
Halfway through this trip, however, he encountered an unexpected roadblock. In February, someone grabbed the headphones they had managed to acquire on their way to the gaming system.
Unlike most of the stories we share here, Ballantyne’s has a happy ending. Within days, he received new headphones and more from strangers saddened by his story.
DUDE COOLING PANEL
It is not uncommon for road signs to be stolen. Not even when they’re the kind of signs warning everyone around them to stop or stay off the property.
Road signs can go missing too – just ask the locals of Sicamous, B.C. how hard it became to spot Old Town Road after a certain Lil Nas X song topped the charts a few years ago. years.
But a sign that only contains the name of a park?
This is what happened in Vancouver in February, when someone fled with the sign for Dude Chilling Park.
This wasn’t the first time this has happened, which is understandable enough – it’s not even the park’s real name, for some reason – and once again the city has shelled out $ 1,300 for install a new panel.
STATUES AND CETERA
Have you ever driven past a stranger’s house and marveled at its extravagant lawn ornaments?
Every now and then someone decides that being in awe is not enough and that they must have the decorations for themselves, even if they have to break the law to do so.
In April, a $ 10,000 unicorn statue was stolen from a business in Delia, Alta., And later found in a field 15 kilometers away with its horn broken. In October, police in Simcoe, Ontario. asked the audience for help in solving a series of garden gnome thefts.
These were hardly the only heists in which lawn ornaments were taken away by scofflaws this year. Others included a dinosaur statue that was part of the 1986 World’s Fair, Charlie Brown and Friends, and three-foot-tall lions outside a house in Calgary.
In the latter case, the statues were collected and returned to their owners, who now plan to keep them in the backyard.
A HUGE WINDMILL, BUT NOT REALLY
We could have included the theft of a giant windmill in rural Saskatchewan in the previous entry, if not for one thing: it wasn’t actually stolen.
The 12.5-meter-high windmill has most likely disappeared from a property near Vibank, Saskatchewan. in mid-May.
A few weeks later, however, the RCMP revealed that what had happened was less a theft than a misunderstanding.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO FARM ANIMALS
It is a sad reality that animals are not immune to the clutches of bandits.
Numerous animal thefts have passed through our office this year, one of which we will come back to later. For now, we’re going to tell you about a trio of crimes involving farm animals that were picked up with sinister intent.
The first is a baby goat named Juniper, who was stolen from Toronto’s Riverdale Farm in May, even though his identical twin brother was left alone in the same pen.
A few weeks later, seven beagles were captured at a property in Lakeshore, Ontario. Five of the seven have since been recovered, including one who had just given birth to seven puppies.
In August, meanwhile, a miniature baby donkey named Sebastian was caught on a farm in Halton Hills, Ontario.
BUSINESS VEHICLES, AND NOT
This year hasn’t started well for a pizza delivery driver in Vanastra, Ontario. On January 2, he left his engine running while he raided, leaving just enough time for a thief to catch the vehicle.
Three months later, a bus driver in the city of Calgary similarly lost his wheels. As they got off their bus to seek help for an unconscious passenger, the driver was surprised to realize the passenger had woken up and got behind the wheel.
A golf cart is unlikely to be in service in late January, when it was picked up from a school in Oakville, Ont. – but we thought it was still worth a mention, as the thief ended up taking him for a ride on a busy highway.
A SKULL OF MARSOIN
Many porpoises have made their home in the Salish Sea, so it’s probably no surprise that they are an integral part of the curriculum at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea in Sidney, British Columbia.
Until the start of this year, the porpoise-related educational offerings in this aquarium included an authentic skull that was found in the water around 25 years ago.
Somehow, however, someone was able to escape with the skull – using an innocent porpoise for a relatively nefarious purpose.
In September, RCMP in North Vancouver, British Columbia, alerted the public to the theft of several unusual heirlooms.
They reported that three “replica samurai swords” and a “distinctive carved walking stick” were recovered from a house.
A photograph from the collection showed that the staff was indeed distinctive – or at least brightly colored – and that the swords all appeared to have dragon-head shaped grips.
A FALCON, PROBABLY
There is no concrete evidence that Arsenal the Falcon was stolen from its central Ontario home in January, but its owner says it is the most likely scenario.
As Devon Black explained to CTV News Barrie, his girlfriend put the seven-month-old Ferruginous Falcon up front on a leash. Hours later, when they went to check, Arsenal was missing.
Human footprints were found in the snow, tracing a path from Arsenal’s perch to a nearby trail.
This was sufficient proof for the police in Ramara, Ontario. treating the falcon’s disappearance as theft – and if that’s enough for them, who are we to argue?
CATCH THEM ALL
Here is the story of two similar crimes, days apart, on opposite ends of the country.
On January 30, someone threw a rock at a game store in Halifax and went straight to get the Pokémon cards.
Three days later, in New Westminster, British Columbia, someone used what police described as a “curved sword” to escape with a bag full of Magic: The Gathering cards from a store there. -low.
While transporting either way might seem like a snap, collectible collectible cards can be a big deal. The owner of the Halifax store estimated that the cards he was stolen were worth between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000.
A CHURCH BELL
With the collectible cards, at least, one can think of a few places where a thief could hide his loot. This is not the case with this article.
A bell has gone missing from a Ukrainian Catholic church in Hay Lakes, Alberta. in July.
Specifically, it was a copper bell – measuring a few feet high, weighing 225 kilograms and engraved with the inscription “shawaga”.
How did the thief manage to silence this one, one wonders?
A PLE BARBER
For decades, Black Comb Barbershop in St. Thomas, Ontario. was identifiable from the street by its distinctive pole.
You know the genre. Red and white and blue, a series of chevrons painted on top of each other. This is at the top and bottom to say “look better”.
On the night of March 15, the post disappeared from outside the barbershop.
Store owner Gregory Dennis told CTV News London his loss left his business “like a marina without a lighthouse.”
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