The two stolen D-Day photo banners have been returned. [fr]
The two D-Day photo banners
stolen from the fences of the Embassy of France
have been returned.
OTTAWA: July 7, 2014: Their disappearance on June 17th caused a certain commotion in Ottawa: the two photo banners depicting Canadian soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, stolen from the fences of the Embassy of France, were returned to their owner on Friday.
The older brother of one of the three thieves returned the stolen goods of his own accord. He explained to Embassy of France personnel that his younger brother had not considered the consequences of his actions and took the banners “as a gift for his grandfather”, who took part in the Second World War. After reading that he and his two accomplices had been captured on film, the younger brother was “reportedly afraid and unable to sleep”. He also went two weeks without going out, for fear of being caught.
The Embassy of France, being very happy to have these two banners back in its possession, has decided to withdraw its complaint. Though no charges will be filed regarding the three individuals responsible for the theft, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the organization responsible for this investigation, will still call in the three youths for a serious lecture.
The exhibition, which pays tribute to the Canadian soldiers involved in the 1944 Normandy Landings, is therefore complete once more and will remain on the exterior fences of the Embassy of France until July 18th, 2014.
Contact : Stéphane Schorderet – 613.408.7097