Police seek suspect in theft of totem pole from Kwikwetlem First Nations

Coquitlam, Can You Identify

2022-12-19 10:17 PST

File # 2022-27539

Coquitlam RCMP are investigating a theft of a totem pole from the Kwikwetlem Band office located at 10 – 65 Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam from October 12, 2022. Surveillance video depicts one suspect pick up the totem pole and load it into the U-Haul truck before driving away. 

Surveillance video still of U-haul truck in colour

The totem pole had been on display at the back of the band office. This totem pole had significant sentimental value to the community.

Photo red cedar owl on top of the totem pole Photo of the back of the 3</q> tall red cedar owl totem pole

The totem pole can be described as:

Surveillance video still of suspect Surveillance video still of suspect climbing chain link fence with U-haul truck in the background Surveillance video still of suspect walking away carrying the totem pole over his shoulder

The suspect can be described as:

The suspect was seen wearing:

The theft of the totem pole from the Kwikwetlem First Nations land is a significant loss for the community, said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins. A meticulous investigation is being executed as we understand the sentimental and cultural loss felt by the Kwikwetlem First Nations.

Anyone who has any information, witnessed this incident or may have video footage is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550, and quote file number 2022-27539.

Released by

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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