Calgary, AB,

Police seek public assistance related to theft of war medals

We are asking for the public’s help to locate seven war medals that were stolen from the SAIT Art Smith Aero Campus, and identify the person believed to be responsible for stealing them.

At approximately 1 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, it is believed that a man broke into the SAIT Art Smith Aero Campus, located at 1916 McCall Landing N.E., where he vandalized a display case and stole seven Second World War-era medals. The original recipient of the medals, now deceased, is believed to have been part of a Lancaster air crew during the Second World War.

Among the stolen medals are:

  • 1939-45 Star
  • Air Crew Europe Star
  • Defence medal
  • Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
  • 1939-45 War medal
  • Bomber Command Commemorative medal
  • Normandy Campaign medal

Photos of the medals from before they were stolen, along with stock images of each medal, are available below.

The male suspect is described as approximately 35 years old and balding. At the time of the theft, he was wearing a dark-coloured shirt or jacket and grey sweatpants. Images of the man are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of the medals is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA23381395/5765