Sunday, 4 November 2012

Did Canada Museum Pay Ransom for "First Nations" Objects?

Four and a half years ago, police launched an investigation into the brazen, smash-and-grab heist of a dozen "irreplaceable" art pieces from the University of British Columbia. Within months, all the stolen items - mostly gold pieces crafted by legendary Haida artist Bill Reid and described as "national treasures" - were recovered. Yet questions lingered. How exactly was the heist pulled off ? How did police get the items back? Why was no one charged? Did police, as one media report suggested, pay a career criminal $20,000 for help in the case?
Read more:
Douglas Quan, 'Mysteries of 2008's $2-million Haida heist still linger', Postmedia News October 29, 2012

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