Autographed Gretzky jersey seized from a Kelowna sports store
A treasured piece of Great One hockey history has been stolen from a Kelowna retailer.
An autographed Wayne Gretzky jersey, from his brief stint with the World Hockey Association’s Indianapolis Racers, was snatched from Player’s Choice Sports on Cawston Avenue around 2 a.m. on February 7, when a lone suspect used a hammer to smash the front window.
The jersey is valued at around $10,000. Gretzky played eight games with the Racers during the 1978-79 season, before being sent to the Edmonton Oilers, who joined the NHL the following year after the WHA disbanded.
Also among the stolen items were approximately $20,000 worth of sports memorabilia cards.
RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
“A theft like this causes immense financial harm to a local small business in our community and the RCMP will use every investigative tool possible to find and arrest those responsible,” said Cst. Kelowna RCMP Media Relations Officer Mike Della-Paolera.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP Detachment at (250) 762-3300 and reference file number 2023-6904.
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