The 10-inch long ceremonial wooden bowl was one of two items stolen in a break-in at the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay Nov. 5.

U’mista Centre suffers break-in

ALERT BAY-Two artifacts stolen; suspect sought by RCMP.

ALERT BAY—Two pieces of artwork were stolen from the U’mista Cultural Centre Wednesday and RCMP are seeking information leading to the return of the items and the arrest of the suspect.

Alert Bay RCMP responded Nov. 5 to a report of a break and enter to commit theft from the U’mista Centre, the repository of an historic Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch collection on Cormorant Island. Police attended to find the suspect had already fled on foot.

The unidentified suspect stole two pieces of artwork from inside the centre: a black-and-tan bowl with the dimensions of five inches high, 10 inches in width and four inches in diameter; and a light blue, red, and black rattle in the shape of a face, made of alder with acrylic paint and abalone inlay, with dimensions of 14 inches in height, 7.5 inches in width, and 8.5 inches in diameter.

RCMP believe the suspect in possession of these artifacts may attempt to sell them to a third party such as a gallery or private collector. It is a crime to possess these items and know they were obtained directly or indirectly by the commission of break and enter to commit theft.

Since its incorporation in 1974, the U’mista Centre has worked towards the survival of the cultural heritage of the Kakwaka’wakw. The Centre houses historical and contemporary artifacts, as well as ethnobiological exhibits.

Police are requesting any information pertaining to the location of these stolen items so that they may be returned to the U’mista Centre. Police are also seeking any information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect responsible for this crime.

Those with information may either contact Constable Andrew Curtis of the Alert Bay RCMP detachment at 250-974-5544 or anonymously with Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

 

Just Posted

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

North Island Tour De Rock rider Benjamin Leah leads team to Port Hardy

“You don’t have issues and problems when you look at these kids and how much they’re going through.”

PRACC Chair Fred Robertson happy with how windmill blade display turned out

“Rotary really stepped up, which was excellent.”

Island Foods renovates bottle depot and cans old bottle return system

“I don’t want people to spend the whole day here,” said Angela Taylor on Port McNeill’s bottle depot.

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in Port Alice exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

Most Read