White Rock resident Wendy Breaks is hoping for the return of this brass propeller, which was stolen from her Marine Drive yard this week. (Contributed photo)

Brass propeller nicked from White Rock home

Reward offered for safe return of weighty ‘family keepsake’

A White Rock woman is appealing for the return of a brass propeller that was hoisted from the front yard of her Marine Drive home this week.

Wendy Breaks said she discovered the family keepsake missing on Tuesday morning, when she went outside with plans to polish it.

“It’s just devastating,” Breaks said the next day.

“The sea is my life and my family’s life. Who would ever think someone would come in and steal my propeller?”

Breaks lives in the 14600-block of Marine Drive and believes the culprits struck overnight Monday. She also believes at least four people would have had to have been part of the crime, as the prop measured 48 inches across and weighed about 500 pounds. An anchor on the yard’s east side was lifted in by crane, she said.

“It would take four people – four big people – to lift that,” she said.

Breaks said she’d had the propeller for “a few years.” Its arrival was the culmination of research conducted by her son, Grant Meyer, who works for BC Ferries and is a White Rock city councillor.

Noting the draw for metal thieves, Breaks said she has reached out to a dozen scrap-metal buyers and shared photos and information regarding the propeller in the hopes they will keep an eye out for it. But she’s not optimistic that route will be fruitful.

“They’ve virtually told me that unfortunately, a lot of times things are chopped up before they get them,” she said.

While the propeller isn’t an heirloom, it is important to the family nonetheless, and Breaks said she is prepared to pay a cash reward for its original-condition return.

Anyone with information may contact White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600.

Just Posted

Surrey Board of Trade wants ‘interface’ with expert housing panel

Panel to examine trends in renting and owning toward improving access to affordable housing

B.C. poverty reduction strategy unveiled in Surrey

The plan is designed to lift 140,000 people — 50,000 children among them — out of poverty

Surrey seniors the focus of Active Aging Resource Fair on Saturday

Third annual event brings workshops, entertainment and more to Guildford Recreation Centre

OUR VIEW: Anti-poverty plan must now progress

Plan is to reduce B.C. poverty by 25 per cent overall, child poverty by 50 per cent, in next five years

UPDATE: Three to hospital following house fire in South Surrey

Emergency crews knock down blaze at townhome in the 2700-block of 158 Street

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

B.C. RCMP stop cyclist with no helmet, find out he’s wanted for murder

Kyle Antonio Dias, 19, to face second-degree murder charge in Toronto

VIDEO: Vancouver police release video of 2018 assault in hopes of finding suspects

The attack happened at about 2 a.m. on Mar. 31, 2018, outside Pierre’s Champagne Lounge in Yaletown

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

5 to start your day

IIO BC probe arrest at Surrey vigil for mosque shooting, Maple Ridge closes homeless evacuation centre and more

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Most Read

l -->