Canada – Theft spree targets veterans' museum

Roughly 100 display items have been stolen from The Military Museums in a theft spree that has devastated those within the institution, Metro has learned.

War memorabilia such as badges, medals and belts were among the possessions taken between August and December of last year, said executive director Tom Doucette.

“It’s substantial, it’s devastating,” he said.

“Hopefully those that are involved will be brought to justice accordingly.”

Calgary police confirm one individual was charged in late January with possession of stolen property over $5,000 in relation to the thefts; however, the investigation is ongoing.

Doucette said some of the stolen items have been recovered and the museums are now in the process of alerting the public and those who donated the items.

Bobbie Petersen, branch secretary at the Ogden Legion, was saddened upon learning of the thefts.

“They have given their all for the general public, the people of Canada,” she said of the veterans honoured in the museums.

“It just irritates the hell out of me. I have absolutely no respect for people that have nothing better to do with their time than to go and take from the Add community.”

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