A six-foot tall carving of a bear holding a fish was stolen from outside a Kelowna restaurant more than a month ago.
On Monday, Aug. 14 around 8 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of the item being stolen from outside a restaurant at the airport, in the 1700 block of Pier Mac Way. Despite being chained up, it was stolen from the restaurant’s outdoor seating area.
After looking at surveillance footage, it was discovered three men are the suspects and they used a white mid 2000’s Ford F150 with a black tonneau cover to steal the statue. This vehicle description matches a previous vehicle description involved with a past attempt to steal the statue.
All three men were captured on camera and were seen fleeing the scene. The driver of the vehicle at the time of the theft had white hair, a white beard, and was wearing an oversized white t-shirt. The second suspect, who’s younger, was at the scene wearing a grey baseball hat, a red shirt, and jeans. There is currently no description of the third suspect.
The carving has significant valuable, according to the restaurant.
“This statue has stood as a guardian welcoming guests for quite some time now and has become an admired piece of this community,” said Kelowna RCMP media relations officer Const, Mike Della-Paolera. “The owner and staff earnestly request it’s safe return.”
The RCMP are asking anyone with surveillance or dashcam footage or knows anything about the incident, to contact them at 250-762-3300 with the reference file number 2023-47879.
To remain anonymous, contact Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.
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