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“I got down on my belly and I looked inside and I saw the time capsule and I (cheered). It was like a sigh of relief, it was just unbelievable,” he said.
The time capsule was deep inside the monument — Kenny thinks whoever took the plaques didn’t see it, and he’s grateful.
“They got the plaques, but they didn’t get what was important to us as a regiment. That’s our legacy …. 100 years’ worth of stuff is in there.”
Still, Kenny said he and others in the association are really upset someone took the metal, which he said isn’t worth much, apart from the significance to the regiment.
A city police officer was seen at the memorial Friday morning taking Kenny’s statement about the thefts.
Police spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard said in an email Friday they are investigating reports of mischief. No arrests have been made.
She said there is no indication the thefts are related to any other vandalism or mischief in the city.
Police reported by February that 135 bronze commemorative plaques, part of a city Benchmark Program, had been stolen from benches along Victoria Promenade, River Valley Road and in Grant Notley Park. Of those, 100 were recovered and a man was arrested.
In 2018, a man was convicted after stealing 16 plaques memorializing famous regiments, battles, veterans, military nurses and Victoria Cross winners to a scrap metal yard in 2017.