Police chasing tips on Burns theft

Pat Burns. (QMI Agency file photo)

Pat Burns. (QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

MONTREAL – Montreal police say they have received dozens of tips from the public after items belonging to deceased NHL coach Pat Burns were stolen from his widow’s car hours after his funeral on Monday.

A number of the calls related to people seen sporting autographed jerseys – similar to the ones stolen - around town.

Police also checked local pawn shops and surfed the Internet to see if they could track down the items.

But it’s unlikely the merchandise will show up online in the near future, according to one expert. Digital communications advisor Bruno Guglielminetti said the jerseys are far too “hot.”

“Unless the thieves are especially inept, they won’t put the items up for sale on the Internet right away,” he said.

“That would be playing with fire. Even if they wanted to sell the items to people in California who don’t know about the theft, people in Quebec could come across them and alert the authorities.”

But Guglielminetti did note the robbers could try and sell the stolen goods on private hockey memorabilia forums.

“We could imagine they’d mention their haul on specialized discussion forums at some point in time,” he said.

A thief or thieves took off with a several items belonging to Burns, including about 30 autographed jerseys that would have been auctioned to raise money for a number of charities. Some of the funds would have gone towards the construction of an arena bearing the former coach’s name.


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