MONTREAL – Montreal police say 12 hockey jerseys stolen from Pat Burns’ widow within hours of his funeral have been returned to the family.
Const. Anie Lemieux says the sweaters were found by agents from a security company and given to a member of the media.
The journalist then gave the jerseys, which were destined for a charity auction, to the late NHL coach’s family.
Burns had barely been laid to rest on Nov. 29 when thieves smashed into his widow’s SUV and stole personal belongings, including about 30 autographed NHL jerseys.
The car was in an outdoor parking lot in Old Montreal when it was hit.
Money from the charity auction was to go to an arena to be named in Burns’ honour.
The robbers also swiped cherished family photos, Burns’ credit cards and his watch. Those items are still missing.
Two suitcases that were stolen were later recovered by a Good Samaritan.
The thieves even made off with bedsheets from a palliative-care residence.