June 10, 2016 - 7:00 AM
DELTA, B.C. - The British Columbia owner of a unique golden eagle statue worth millions of dollars is offering a $10,000 reward for its safe return.
Ron Shore issued an emotional plea for the gold and jewel-encrusted statue to be returned to him after it was stolen during a violent robbery on May 29 in suburban Vancouver.
Shore told reporters during a news conference that he invested everything he had on the statue in order to raise money for breast cancer research after the death of a family member.
He says a recent estimate placed a value of $7 million the diamond-studded eagle statue that sits on a base holding a nearly 13-carat emerald.
Delta Police Det. Sgt. Brad Cooper says Shore was ambushed by two people and dragged several metres by one of their vehicles, injuring his head and legs.
Shore says police have reviewed surveillance video, received multiple witness statements and officers are looking for a black or dark blue SUV and a smaller burgundy SUV.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016