MONTREAL — A number of autographed jerseys stolen hours after former NHL coach Pat Burns’ funeral have been returned to his family, QMI Agency has learned.
A security company was given 12 of the 30 jerseys that were stolen from the car of Burns’ widow during a reception following the funeral on Nov. 30.
The jerseys were returned to Stephanie Duval, the daughter of Burns’ widow, Line Gignac, on Thursday.
Denis Morin, a project manager with the Montreal security company, said it all started with a phone call earlier this week.
“It was a call from someone who’s helped us out before,” Morin said in an interview. “She said she had something to give us and said it was the jerseys signed (for) Pat Burns.”
The woman handed over 12 of 30 missing jerseys a few days later.
“We’re hoping to get all the jerseys,” Morin said. “We hope this visibility, which shows we did indeed return the jerseys, will encourage people to return the rest.”
The suitcases containing the stolen goods were recovered a few days after the theft with the jerseys and other items still missing.
The stolen jerseys were to have been auctioned to raise money for several charities. Some of the money would have gone to the construction of an arena bearing the former coach’s name.
Montreal police received dozens of tips following the theft and scoured internet auction sites to try and track down the valuable items.
Burns died in November after a lengthy battle with cancer.