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Man charged in relation to stolen Griesbach memorial plaques


AUGUST 11, 2017 – EDMONTON

The Edmonton Police Service has identified and charged a 45-year-old man in relation to the theft and destruction of several memorial plaques from the Griesbach community last month.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, it was reported that 17 memorial plaques were stolen from a green space in Griesbach. As a result of media coverage, investigators from Northwest Division were contacted the following day (July 26, 2017) by a local scrap metal dealer, after staff recognized the plaques.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Romelo Joseph Woolf, 45, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.

While it was initially reported that 17 memorial plaques were missing, investigators recovered 18 plaques in total – 15 of which were unsalvageable and the other three were damaged, although intact.

“The City of Edmonton is working alongside the Griesbach community and community stakeholders to replace the memorial plaques and repair the pedestals they were mounted on,” says Det. Eric Wilde with Northwest Division’s Criminal Investigation Section.

“We are grateful to the media for covering this story, which ultimately led us to these invaluable plaques,” says Wilde.

Woolf is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The investigation continues.

“Griesbach Community League is extremely appreciative of the hard work by EPS to find the person behind this crime. We’d like to thank the media for getting the word out, to the owner of the scrap metal yard who brought this to police, and to citizens who provided tips that led to the arrest,” says Griesbach Community League President, Brad Tilley.

According to Tilley, the community league has been working closely with the City of Edmonton and Canada Lands Corporation to replace the missing plaques. Numerous individuals and companies have stepped forward to offer their generous support. At this point it is unclear as to whether a fundraising campaign will be required. The theft has served as a rallying cry for proud Canadians from coast to coast.

“While these monuments are in our community, Griesbach is an outdoor museum where anyone can come and learn about the brave individuals and battles that are part of our history in times of war and peace. The reaction from across the country has been touching, and has reminded us of the importance of preserving our history,” Tilley adds.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

EPS recovers memorial plaques stolen from Griesbach streets. Investigation continues. Plates damaged beyond repair.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2017, Edmonton, AB – One day after being reported stolen, Edmonton Police Service detectives have located several of the missing memorial plaques forceably removed from pedestals in the community of Griesbach.

“We have recovered the majority of the stolen plaques, which are unfortunately unsalvageable due to extensive damage,” says Det. Eric Wilde with Northwest Division’s Criminal Investigation Section.

A local scrap metal yard contacted police after seeing the story on the news. All identifiable features and lettering had been painstakingly removed by thieves prior to visiting the scrap yard.

Police have not made any arrests in relation to this ongoing investigation.

“We encourage any residents who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the Griesbach community over the last several days, to contact police,” says Wilde.

Griesbach Community League board member, Bryan Evans, said the news is bittersweet. He thanked the EPS for their ongoing investigation, the scrap yard, and the local media and those on social media for getting the word out – which directly led to the recovery of these plaques.

“We were ecstatic to hear the plaques were found so quickly, but heartbroken to learn they were destroyed beyond recognition. It’s a tragic loss of heritage for our community. We hope the thieves will be caught.”

It is still to be determined whose responsibility it will be to replace these plaques.

“Having unique features such as plaques, statues and artwork in a community is what gives it character and personality. Griesbach Community League is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure the plaques are put back in their rightful place and continue to honour our nation’s proud military legacy,” Evans says.

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For media inquiries contact: Dave Neufeld, Communications Director, Griesbach Community League

 

 

 

Griesbach Memorial Plaques Stolen

MEDIA RELEASE

Metal plaques honouring war veterans throughout Edmonton community of Griesbach stolen in brazen robbery.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 25, 2017, Edmonton, AB – Over 15 metal plaques ho   nouring Canada’s most decorated soldiers and battles dating back to the First World War have been forcibly removed from the Edmonton Community of Griesbach – in what appears to be a brazen and coordinated robbery. It is believed the theft took place over a couple of days, between July 23rd and 24th.

The stolen plaques sat at the end of each street, and told the story of the soldier or battle for which the street was named. Many honoured the bravery of Canada’s Victoria Cross winners, such as John Chipman Kerr and Cecil John Kinross. One of the plaques told the story of the WWII battle of Ortona.

“As a community, we are devastated,” said Griesbach Community League President, Brad Tilley. “Residents take great pride in our neighbourhood’s unique character and the ways it remembers those who sacrificed so much for our country. It is an absolutely senseless and disrespectful crime.”

A former garrison, Griesbach has been transformed into a thriving residential community by Canada Lands Corporation. Statues, signs and memorials throughout the community have been erected to celebrate Canada’s military heritage.

The community league and Canada Lands are hoping these plaques can be recovered intact and reinstalled. There is a concern that the thieves may attempt to melt down the plaques (which are a metal alloy and not a pure bronze) and sell for salvage.

“Veterans and their families travel from afar to visit our community and see how it pays tribute to our soldiers. It is a real dishonour to those who have served. There are still several plaques within the community. We hope they don’t try to come back to get these as well,” added Tilley.

Griesbach Community League encourages anyone who has any information concerning this matter, or surveillance footage that may identify the culprits, to contact Edmonton City Police.

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For media inquiries and interview requests contact: Brad Tilley, President, Griesbach Community League.

 

Registration Dates Announced for Fall Soccer & Minis Programs

Three registration dates have been announced for the Griesbach Fall Soccer Program (U6 – U18) and Griesbach Minis programs. Pre-registration can be done by visiting the EMSAnorth website at any time. Note, prep-registration is required, but it is still mandatory to attend one of the Griesbach sessions listed below.

2017 Registration Dates (for Griesbach Minor Indoor Soccer & Minis):

Aug 24– 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Aug 31 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Sep 07– 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Complete registration details, age categories and fees are available on our website under “programs”. Click here.

Griesbach Minis program, which offers children aged 3 -5 and informal introduction to sports, sportsmanship and team play, and involves a variety of sports and activities.

NW LTR Expansion Open House set for July 6th.

If you’d like to learn more about NW LRT expansion, the City of Edmonton Invites you to attend an open house:
 
July 6 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Castle Downs YMCA lobby

Start of season delayed in Griesbach Community Gardens.

Due to the miserable spring weather, rototilling has been delayed in Griesbach Community Gardens. It is tentatively scheduled to take place on Monday, May 22nd. If the weather cooperates, plot holders should be able to start gardening by May 24th!

Unfortunately all plots are spoken for this season. If you want to get on a wait list for next season please contact Bob at 780.456.0671,

2017 Griesbach Summer Green Shack Schedule and details

2017 Griesbach Summer Green Shack Schedule & Details

GCL fighting to save playground until new one in place.

Yesterday Griesbach residents brought their children to the playground only to find it was fenced off. Workers revealed it was slated for demolition. This caused tears among the children, and concern among residents and the GCL board – as we were repeatedly promised the playground would remain in place until the new playground was open (expected this summer).

Please be assured we have been busy trying to get to the bottom of this. Councillor Bev Esslinger and her staff have been working diligently to assist us in our efforts to delay any actions that would negatively impact our children and upcoming Green Shack programs. As the current park is on land owned by EPSB we are touching base with them as well. We spoke with the administration at MGG School, who were equally unaware of the closure – and are fully committed to help us keep it open.

Please stay tuned. We will share details once we learn more. Thanks to everyone for your concern and support.

 

Spring Fling – Instead of dressing up, wear your orange and blue

In honour of the Oilers, we’ve decided to drop the dress-up component of this year’s Spring Fling and instead encourage you to wear your orange and blue in support of the Oilers.

The Spring Fling takes place this Saturday at the Crown and Anchor. Get your tickets here (click to visit eventbrite).

Only $10. Drink and food specials. Live band and more!  Join us for this fun pub night.

Griesbach 2017 Spring Fling has Star Power.

Saturday, May 6th
7 pm – 1 am
Crown & Anchor Pub
$10 – tickets at Eventbrite

Lights, cameras, action! We’re rolling out the red carpet for The 2017 Spring Fling: our annual adult social. It all takes place Saturday, May 6th, 7 pm Crown and Anchor Pub (Castle Downs Rd and 153rd).

The past two years it has evolved into a dress up theme party. This year’s theme is “Celebrity Selfie”. Come as your favourite star, musician, athlete (or Prime Minister). Tickets $10 and available on Eventbrite. It’s a night of live music, draws and costume prizes. Gather the neighbours and make your way over to the Crown. Proceeds support Griesbach Community League programs. Tickets are limited. Get yours today1

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE

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