Christ Church National Historic Site was devastated by an overnight robbery last week.
A summer student conducting tours at the church discovered the front door padlock missing at about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Cupboards were ransacked and a set of original leather-bound church bibles and readings were taken. The new sound system and $20 in petty cash for the gift store also went missing.
“The loss of the artifacts is very upsetting,” said site supervisor Darla Dickinson. “They are obviously integral not just to Christ Church but to the history of Hope. We are asking the public if they see anything on eBay or Craigslist to please let us know.”
RCMP Staff Sgt. Suki Manj said it’s unusual for thieves to target churches and artifacts. However, he noted that police will do everything they can to recover the items.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the local detachment at 604-869-7750.