Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria is offering a $5,000 reward after thieves broke in and stole historic church artifacts.
Victoria police say they received an alarm call indicating a break and enter at the church just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. Several officers and a K9 team searched the building but did not locate any suspects.
Police say officers found a display case inside the cathedral had been smashed and several items were stolen, including artifacts from the 17th century.
The missing items include: two gold and silver chalices, Canadian coins, a small communion plate and a mote spoon.
Logan McMenamie, dean of the Cathedral, told CBC News he believes the thieves hid in the church before it was locked up for the night.
On Monday, McMenamie said the church was offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who offers information that can help recover the stolen artifacts.
"They are a historic value for Victoria. We are talking about three or 400-year-old vessels coming from the UK," he said.
McMenamie said 35,000 tourists visit the cathedral every year and displaying the items is important.
Police are analyzing the scene for forensic evidence and are also asking the public to be on the lookout for any of the stolen items.