The owners of Baby Bear’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Chemainus say they are devastated after one of the store’s custom-carved wooden bears was stolen early Monday morning.
Kathy Yeager, one of Baby Bear’s Ice Cream Shoppe owners, said the robbery occurred at 2:31 a.m.
In the Nest camera video provided by Yeager, a man is seen kicking one of the statues before it falls. He then picks the statue up and walks away.
The kicking broke the bear’s feet off, as seen in the following photos.
The bear was the “baby” bear in the group of three wooden bears. According to Yeager, the bear was a favourite with children and cost thousands of dollars to have it carved for the shop. It has been standing with “mama and papa” bear for 14 years.
The RCMP are investigating the theft, the owners said. The owners hope the surveillance video helps with identifying the suspect.