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