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The 'Historic Winnipeg' plaque was mounted outside of the building at 115 Bannatyne Avenue.

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The 'Historic Winnipeg' plaque was mounted outside of the building at 115 Bannatyne Avenue.

The list of bizarre Winnipeg thefts is continuing to grow.

Police are searching for a pair of plaques which were swiped from the exterior of a historic downtown building sometime last week. They read "Historic Winnipeg" and "The Brokerage Bannatyne East" and were mounted outside of the building in the 100 block of Bannatyne Avenue.

Police announced today the theft occurred around Aug. 23 and are now asking for public help in finding them.

Similar calls have been made in the past several days surrounding three other unusual crimes. And while no links have been established between any of the incidents, it would be quite a coincidence to see a rash of local landmarks suddenly go missing in separate, unrelated crimes.

Earlier this week, the steering wheel of a popular Winnipeg riverboat was swiped. The Paddlewheel Princess, which provides tours on the Red River, was broken into between August 22 and August 23 while docked, police said in a release.

The culprit made off with the ship’s steering wheel, which is described by police as being a "large, wooden spiked steering wheel" and "typically used for large boats/ships."

Last week, someone stole 320 logs measuring nearly six-metres each from the Fort Gibraltar area of the Festival du Voyageur site in Saint-Boniface at 866 St. Joseph St. The loss has been valued at $10,000.

The logs were part of a partially federally-funded project to refurbish the replica of the historic North West Company fort which was built in 1979.

And police are also searching for a ceramic pig with Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd's name on it, which went missing from a local restaurant. Roger LeBleu of Lovey's BBQ says someone broke into his Marion Street restaurant early Friday morning. The thief or thieves didn't get away with much -- except for the decorative oinker autographed by Aykroyd.

LeBleu admits the ornament only has sentimental value, but he'd like to have it back. The pig has black sunglasses and a black fedora, and looks a bit like a character from The Blues Brothers, a 1980 movie Aykroyd starred in with the late John Belushi.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call police at 204-986-6668 or CrimeStoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

www.mikeoncrime.com

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Updated on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM CDT: Corrects typo.

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