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Stolen piggy bank a Toronto council mystery

A 'councillor of interest' has been identified in the case of a piggy bank that was stolen from Toronto's budget chief, according to an advisor of Mayor Rob Ford.

A "councillor of interest" has been identified in the case of a piggy bank that was stolen from Toronto's budget chief, according to an advisor of Mayor Rob Ford.

Coun. Mike Del Grande has been carrying around a piggy bank as a prop at council for the last few weeks. The purpose is to remind people of the city's budget shortfall for the coming year, which stands at an estimated $774 million. 

It was stolen from his desk during Wednesday afternoon during a council meeting.

"I think that the person who stole the budget chair's pig is, frankly, swine. And I think we need to find this pig immediately," said Coun. Josh Matlow. "Frankly, the majority of the 2012 budget can be found within that piggy bank."

Del Grande seemed bemused by the whole incident.

"I'm just worried that I might get a slice of bacon [back] at a time. I'm just really concerned," he said. "I'm waiting for any ransom note."

But the mystery may have already been solved. Mark Towhey, Mayor Ford's director of policy, tweeted on Wednesday night that the piggy bank may have been found.

"Rescue planned for early AM. 'Councillor of interest' identified," he wrote. 

"Kudos to City Hall security for slick sleuthing with respect to Piggygate," he said in a subsequent tweet.

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