CALGARY- An antiques heist west of Innisfail saw thieves get away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of vintage signs.
The items were on display at the Spruceview Community Hall early Sunday morning, set to go up for auction that day. However, someone disconnected the power meter, disabling the alarm, and over 30 signs worth $40,000 were swiped.
“They were set up the afternoon or evening before until midnight, and when they returned in the morning to get ready for the auction, they were gone,” explained Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk from Innisfail RCMP.
An auction company was selling them on behalf of their Manitoba owner. There are no signs of forced entry to the building, and the robbers only took the most valuable signs, leaving the other antiques behind.
“It was very disheartening, you know, especially for a lot of the collectors there,” says Sherry Moore from Old Creamery Antiques. “They came for a lot of the product, and it wasn’t there.”
It’s believed the signs were stolen so they can be resold. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact RCMP.