Stolen Reid art recovered
It has been confirmed that the stolen art work of Haida artist Bill Reid has been recovered by police (save 2 pieces). Fortunately, all of the art was found intact.
Almost all of celebrated Haida artist Bill Reid's stolen artwork has been recovered following the execution of two search warrants in Burnaby and New Westminster over the weekend, police said yesterday.
"After searching both residences extensively, all but two stolen Bill Reid art exhibits were recovered intact. The substantive items, including the most prized ... the gold box with an eagle, were recovered," said RCMP Insp. Brendan Fitzpatrick.
Three people were arrested during the searches, but they were later released. No charges have been laid.
The 12 stolen Bill Reid pieces, which police called "national treasures," had an estimated art value of about $2 million, but police had feared they would be melted down for their gold value of about $15,000.