Police in Victoria is turning to the public for help after a man allegedly stole a stuffed animal from a memorial honouring Indigenous children.
According to the Victoria Police Department, shortly before 7 p.m. on May 31, a woman called and reported that a large stuffed animal was stolen from a memorial she had set outside her home in the 200-block of Russell Street.
VicPD says the stuffed animal is a large green alligator that is of significant sentimental value to the woman as it was out front of a memorial she had made honouring the memory of 215 children found in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Residential School in the Tk’emlúps te Secweìpemc community last week.
Although officers went out and purchased new stuffed animals and other children’s for the woman, VicPD are actively investigating the theft.
The suspect, according to police, is described as a heavy-built five-foot-eight-inch male in his 20s or 30s. At the time of the incident, police say the man was wearing a grey vest, green camouflage shorts, and a backpack.
Anyone with information about the suspect or theft is asked to contact the Victoria Police Department at 250-995-7654 extension 1.