2012-05-08 10:37 PDT
The Lytton RCMP are continuing their investigation into the break and enter at the Lytton First Nation’s St Mary’s & St Paul’s Anglican Church. Thieves made away with several antique religious artifacts. The Lytton RCMP are seeking the media and public’s assistance in solving this deplorable theft and in efforts to recover the stolen items.
The break in at the historic 140 year old church occurred between April 10, 2012 and April 24th and was discovered when the church was being prepared for the upcoming funeral of a band elder. Church staff and other band members were shocked to find that thieves had broken in and stolen several religious artifacts most of which are irreplaceable antiques.
The items stolen include:
Rood Cross on Stand
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 items are unique and should be easily recognizable as religious artifacts. 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. states Sgt Jay Wessell NCO i/c of the Lytton RCMP.
Anyone one with information about this break-in and the whereabouts of these items please contact the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or your local police services. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Cpl. Dan MoskalukDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)