Lytton First Nation eager to recover eligious artifacts stolen during church break and enter
The Lytton RCMP are continuing their investigation into the break and enter at the Lytton First Nation’s St Mary’s & St Paul’s Anglican Church.
Thieves made away with several antique religious artifacts. The Lytton RCMP are seeking the media and public’s assistance in solving this deplorable theft and in efforts to recover the stolen items.
The break in at the historic 140 year old church occurred between April 10, 2012 and April 24th and was discovered when the church was being prepared for the upcoming funeral of a band elder.
Church staff and other band members were shocked to find that thieves had broken in and stolen several religious artifacts most of which are irreplaceable antiques.
The items stolen include:
- a small wooden air pump organ (the organ was presented to the church in 1877 by Governor-GeneralMarquis De Lorne).
- Painting of First Nations Madonna and child by artist Wilma Lloyd-Davies.
- Painting of Madonna and child by artist E.W.W. Pugh.
- A handcrafted Bishop’s chair made by past students of the St George’s Residential School.
- A Rood Cross on Stand.
- Several religious brass and linen pieces.
These items are unique and should be easily recognizable as religious artifacts. Band members and the Lytton RCMP are hopeful that anyone who comes across them does the right thing to see that they are returned to their rightful place of stewardship at St Mary’s and St Paul’s Church. states Sgt Jay Wessell NCO i/c of the Lytton RCMP.
Anyone one with information about this break-in and the whereabouts of these items please contact the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or your local police services. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)