Stolen Jerseys Returned To WMHA


Dean Lapierre (L) and Dave Pickford pose with the Bob Probert jersey that was stolen, along with four others, from the WMHA boardroom on 3 January 2016. Windsor Police recovered the jerseys and arrested one of two suspects in connection with the theft.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Column header Ian ShalapataBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Police’s Target Base Unit has successfully recovered five hockey jerseys that were stolen from the offices of the Windsor Minor Hockey Association, on January 3. The autographed framed jerseys, including one from Bob Probert, were returned to WMHA this afternoon.

A board member with the WMHA discovered the items missing when he arrived at the offices on Sunday morning. Police wee immediately notified, and it wasn’t long before a suspect was identified from surveillance video.

The following Tuesday, officers located the suspect in the area of Wyandotte Street East and Louis Avenue, and he was arrested without incident. Michael May, 35, of Windsor, is facing three counts of breaking and entering as well as theft under $5,000.

Police indicate more charges are likely.


The stolen Bob Probert jersey was especially irreplaceable due to his passing in 2010.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

WMHA president, Dean Lapierre, was ecstatic when he was informed that police recovered the jerseys. The first person he called was Dani Probert, the wife of the late Bob Probert, to let her know that the jerseys had been found and there was suspect in custody.

The items were returned with a crack only to just the glass and frame of the John Tucker jersey. Lapierre was grateful that more damage wasn’t done.


Damage to the glass on the John Tucker display is seen after the jersey was stolen during a break-in to the WMHA offices on 3 January 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“I was even thankful to [May] that they didn’t do any damage. They could have easily walked by and smashed every other jersey they didn’t take,” Lapierre said. “But they just took those and left.”

(Listen to the entire Lapierre interview – 2:23)

There is still one suspect outstanding. WPS has released a video still of a second man wanted in connection with the theft.

Jersey SuspectAnyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 x4350.

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