Dead-end in probe into stolen artifacts from Lytton church
VANCOUVER – The Lytton RCMP have appealed to the public for help in recovering several antique religious artifacts stolen by robbers who broke into the Lytton historic First Nation’s St Mary’s & St Paul’s Anglican Church during Easter .
Many of the items are unique and irreplaceable.
The burglary of the 140- year-old church occurred between April 10 and 24. The losses , most of which are unique irreplaceable, were discovered when a cleaning crew entered the church to prepare it for and Elder’s funeral.
The stolen items include a small wooden air pump organ presented to the church in 1877 by Governor-General Marquis De Lorne.
A painting of First Nations Madonna and child by Wilma Lloyd-Davies, and another by E.W.W. Pugh.
A handcrafted Bishop’s chair made by past students of the St George’s Residential School
A valuable Rood Cross on Stand, and all of the church’s brass artifacts and linen.
“We are dismayed by the loss,” said LFNB Chief Janet Webster.”The church has stood for over 140 years without a theft. To take these treasures, has really broken the hearts of many Elders in the community.”
These religious artifacts are unique and easily recognizable, said Sgt Jay Wessell NCO of the Lytton RCMP.” Band members and the Lytton RCMP are hopeful that anyone who comes across them does the right thing to see that they are returned to their rightful place of stewardship at St Mary’s and St Paul’s Church.”
Anyone one with information about this break-in and the whereabouts of these items is asked to contact the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 ,or their local police service; or anonymously, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.