British Columbia

Harp stolen from B.C. cancer patient

North Vancouver RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating a stolen harp that is of deep sentimental value to an elderly woman undergoing cancer treatment.

Harp stolen

11 years ago
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An elderly cancer patient in North Vancouver had a family heirloom stolen by a con artist who befriended her, the CBC's Belle Puri reports

North Vancouver RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating a stolen harp that is of deep sentimental value to an elderly woman undergoing cancer treatment.

Ann Lidstone was apparently the victim of a female con artist who introduced herself on a bus two weeks ago and talked Lidstone into letting her come home with her, the 72-year-old said Thursday.

"She walked around my home, picked up my jewelry, ancient jewelry from my dad," said Lidstone. "But I managed to say, 'that's not important,' and hid it."

But the encounter did not end there.

Over the following days, the woman preyed on Lidstone and took money from her bank account, eventually saying she needed to borrow Lidstone's harp to use as collateral for rent, said RCMP Cpl. Peter DeVries.

As soon as she agreed to lend the woman the full-sized, handmade instrument, the woman's boyfriend was at the door to help cart it away, said DeVries.

Ann Lidstone's full-sized harp was stolen by a woman, who police believe will try to sell it. ((CBC))
RCMP are now seeking warrants for the arrests of the woman and an accomplice, but can't release their names because charges have not yet been laid.

DeVries said the harp, which is a family heirloom, may show up at a pawn shop or music store or could be listed for sale online.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Vancouver RCMP.

With files from The Canadian Press

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