Ottawa police are investigating after patio furniture and a barbecue were stolen from the "Dream Home" that is the grand prize of the CHEO Foundation's annual lottery.
An open house for the home at 532 Bridgeport Ave. in Manotick was held Monday beginning at noon, but when employees with the CHEO Foundation arrived this morning, they discovered the theft.
Cheryl Hammond, VP of development and corporate relations for the CHEO Foundation, said surveillance video indicated a couple of men broke the locked gate at the side of the house and entered the backyard Sunday morning around 8:45 a.m..
They then spent several minutes disassembling the patio furniture and carted it away, along with the barbecue.
Surveillance video of suspects turned over to police
The CHEO Foundation has since turned the video over to Ottawa police.
Hammond said she found the theft shocking.
"It surprised me that somebody would actually break into a lottery home that supports the children's hospital and steal from sick children. So it was pretty upsetting for everybody in the foundation," said Hammond.
She said most of the outdoor furniture had itself been donated to the charity.
The lottery annually raises funds for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario that go toward research, equipment and patient care, according to Hammond.
The 5,568-square-foot home is the centrepiece of the annual lottery's $1.8 million grand prize, which includes cash, a car, groceries and one year of house cleaning services.