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Starting from scratch

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

Thieves target Canucks memorabilia in home robbery

It’s tough to blame a puppy for what went down at the Scott residence on September 30, but if Cooper’s bite matched his bark, none of this may have happened.

Cooper, a young Norfolk terrier, was gated off in the kitchen when thieves broke into the Scott home in Surrey nearly a month ago. The goal of the intruders was clear: steal as much Canucks memorabilia as possible. With each family member at work and Cooper unable to mount a defence, they accomplished just that.

“They went into every single closet in every room, looking for jerseys I presume, and walked past a lot of other expensive stuff,” said Sandy Scott, an avid Canucks fan and collector who, alongside her husband and son, had put together quite an assortment of memorabilia.

When Sandy’s daughter-in-law Jenica stopped by the house for lunch that day she got a creepy feeling and as soon as she saw a hall light on, she knew something was wrong. Sandy is a self-proclaimed ‘light-nazi’ who conserves as much energy as possible. Ironically enough that’s what Cooper was lacking after barking himself into a frenzy trying to intimidate the intruders.

Nine jerseys were swiped in total, including autographed Roberto Luongo, Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden sweaters, alongside other collector’s items such as signed player photos.

Crime isn’t new to anyone, but burglars targeting only Canucks stuff certainly is.

“I just can’t get over the fact that somebody would break into the house and take things that are sort of useless to anyone else, like the autographed picture of Todd Bertuzzi that is personalized to my son Jeff,” she said.

While Sandy, an employee with Special Olympics BC, will miss her autographed Naslund keepsakes the most, Jeff can’t single out one thing he wishes would be returned. He wants it all back and the worst part is that he’s partially blaming himself for the loss of his Canucks gear.

“He was really kicking himself because he just bought a condo and he loaded up the car two days before the robbery to take a load over and thought that he should take all his Canucks stuff,” said Sandy.

Jeff decided against it and that’s just the way things happen sometimes. While frustrated, Sandy is confident the culprits will get theirs.

“I’m a big believer in karma, what goes around, comes around, so these people will get what’s coming to them.”

Sandy said the police recovered two sets of finger prints so they’re busy trying to get to the bottom of this curious case.

Until then Sandy is working on a new collection and with the Canucks team-signed jersey Vancouver gave her to get started, she’s well on her way.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

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