Vandals stole copper rifle from war memorial in Sarnia, police say

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A statue of a soldier at the Victoria Park war memorial in Sarnia is shown with a rifle that has since been stolen. (Sarnia Police Service - image credit)
A statue of a soldier at the Victoria Park war memorial in Sarnia is shown with a rifle that has since been stolen. (Sarnia Police Service - image credit)

Police in Sarnia are investigating vandalism at a war memorial, but while the incident was only reported this month, officers now say it occurred much earlier.

The police service said in a media release April 7 that officers went to Victoria Park to investigate the day before after a rifle was removed from a statue. The damaged statue is of a Canadian soldier known as "Tommy" and is located at the top of the cenotaph.

"Those involved in this crime had managed to pry the rifle from the soldier, which is made of copper," the statement released Wednesday said.

Police clarified in a statement on Monday that they've since learned from the public — through photos — that the rifle has actually been missing for about a year and a half.

"It is unfortunate that the initial information was incorrect but nonetheless the replica firearm was definitely stolen from the soldier," the police service said.

Sarnia police are looking for tips from the public regarding the suspects that were involved in the incident — and the whereabouts of the rifle itself.

"On a very positive note, members of the community have stepped up and donated the funds required to replace the rifle that was stolen from 'Tommy' the Soldier," the police service said on Monday.

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