A $5-million golden eagle sculpture was poached from a Ladner home on the weekend.
The proceeds from its sale would have been a huge boost for breast cancer research, with $1 million earmarked to go to the breast cancer research organization of the buyer’s choice.
And the remainder would have been used to create a $25-million fund to promote breast cancer awareness.
A thief has put an end to that spirited offer.
On Sunday (May 29) at about 10 p.m., Delta Police were called to a robbery in a home in the 4700-block of 57 Street in Ladner.
One person suffered minor injuries in the robbery and was treated and released from hospital.
The statue of a Maltese eagle originally on display at the Vancouver Convention Centre was stolen from the Ladner home.
Created by artist Kevin Peters, it is crafted from 18-karat white and 14-karat yellow gold.
It also features 763 round brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing a total of 54 karats.
It took in excess of 4,000 hours to create and weighs 8.2 kilograms (18 lbs).
It is the largest solid gold statue of its kind in the world, the owner says.
Police are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of the eagle to call 604-946-4411 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.