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Vancouver Island police look to solve theft of antique chainsaws from museum

An antique chainsaw that was stolen from the BC Forest Discovery Centre museum in Duncan, B.C., on Vancouver Island on Sept. 8, 2019.
An antique chainsaw that was stolen from the BC Forest Discovery Centre museum in Duncan, B.C., on Vancouver Island on Sept. 8, 2019. North Cowichan RCMP

Police on Vancouver Island are asking the public to keep an eye out for two antique chainsaws stolen from a forestry museum in Duncan last week.

North Cowichan RCMP say staff at the non-profit BC Forest Discovery Centre reported the chainsaws were taken during a break-in sometime overnight between Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

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According to the museum, the chainsaws are a 1958 McCulloch “Super 44” and 1962 McCulloch “Mac 15,” both of which are yellow and show signs of rust.

“Both are very rare and part of our extensive and popular chainsaw exhibit collected over the years by the Centre’s founder, Gerry Wellburn, and his son Vern,” manager Chris Gale said in a police statement.

“They really have no value to anyone but a collector and we are unlikely to find replacements.”

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RCMP say they’re hopeful the chainsaws are found and returned to the museum, calling it a “valuable community partner.”

“We hope that observant members of the public will help us return these artifacts to the Centre, where they belong,” Cpl. Kiel Pharis said.

Anyone who has information helpful to the investigation is asked to contact North Cowichan RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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