UBC Museum Robbery - Gold Jewelry, Bill Reid Artwork Stolen
Over the past weekend, thieves made off several pieces of solid gold jewelry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Museum of Anthropology. Twelve of the pieces were fashioned by the late Bill Reid, a Haida artist whose work and cultural heritage are unique to British Columbia.
Although the monetary value of the stolen items was not released, museum officials worry that the thieves may melt down the gold sculptures to disguise their value (source).
Reid's wife, Martine Reid, has urged the museum to offer a large reward for the safe return of the jewelry (source).
Waters called the theft "a terrible, terrible thing."
"We were totally shocked [Saturday] and we are kind of reeling because we are realizing what has actually happened when we thought it couldn't happen.".