Stolen Chute-a-Blondeau, Ont., church safe found in Quebec ditch
Safe returned to the church but contents possibly damaged by water, police say
A safe containing more than 120 years of archival records was returned to an eastern Ontario church after it was found heavily damaged but still locked in a rural Quebec ditch.
The safe was stolen from l'Église de Saint-Joachim in the small town of Chute-à-Blondeau, Ont. in the township of East Hawkesbury in September. It contained about $1,000 and ten books filled with church records dating back to 1887, a church volunteer previously told CBC News.
Ontario Provincial Police said the safe was found in Grenville, Que., across the Ottawa River from Hawkesbury, Ont.
Police said the safe has been returned to the church but that it's possible that water infiltrated the safe and damaged its contents.