Baby Bear reunited with family but thief remains unidentified

North Cowichan\Duncan

2020-01-28 13:35 PST

File # 2020-1432

In the early morning hours of January 27th, 2020 a man kicked down a wooden carving of Baby Bear and ripped him from his family. The owners of Baby Bear’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Chemainus, BC were alerted to a man who had entered the outdoor property of the store. A video has captured a man committing the crime, who the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking to identify.


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Man walks past bear statues. The man returns to the statues, grabs onto 2 posts then
kicks Baby Bear repeatedly. He forces the bear forward, breaking the bear loose. The man
then picks up the bear and walks out of view.


The measures that the owners have gone through to ensure the safety of their bears, exceeds the norm, says Cst. Pam Bolton, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Media Relations Officer. It’s very disappointing to see this small town business lose one of their bears. Thankfully, through the help of the public, this man felt some pressure and returned the bear.

On January 28th, 2020 at approximately 9:30 am, Baby Bear was located the area of Chemainus Road and MacMillan Bloedel Haul Road. The bear was found on the side of the road with a note on top staying, I am so sorry for taking the bear. We are happy to report that Baby Bear has been reunited with his family but the suspect remains unidentified.

Note saying: I am so sorry for taking the bear

View larger image: Note saying: I am so sorry for taking the bear

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are investigating the theft and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man. Anyone with information about this occurrence is asked to reach out to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at to leave a secure tip online, or call 1-800-222-8477.

Released by

Cst. Pam Bolton

First Nations Policing Liaison Officer
Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP
6060 Canada Avenue, Duncan, BC
Office: 250-748-5522
Cell: 250-466-4361
Fax: 250-746-2126


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