UPDATED: Helmet stolen from Salmo cenotaph

Someone has swiped a soldier's helmet off a memorial display at the Salmo Legion.

A military helmet similar to this one was stolen this month off the Salmo cenotaph.

Someone has swiped a soldier’s helmet off the cenotaph outside the Salmo Legion.

Irma Browning, with the Legion, says one of their members noticed the theft on September 13. The helmet had been there the previous day.

“I though it was strapped on with leather, but we looked at it afterward and it was one inch by quarter inch steel. They must have pried it off.”

Browning says the helmet’s history isn’t known. She isn’t sure who it belonged to or where it came from, but it had long been kicking around the Legion hall when it was repainted and placed on the cenotaph about four years ago.

Browning says it’s a style that was used from the First World War until the end of the Korean war. But it’s unclear whether the helmet was stolen for its historic value.

A Legion member saw a young man riding his bike with what looked like an army helmet, but Browning says they can’t say whether it was theirs.

“Did somebody find it? Did the kid take it? We have no idea,” she said. “We don’t want to make any judgements. This helmet could have belonged to a brave soldier. We ask that [whoever has it] be brave and courageous and return it to the Legion. Leave it at the front steps and we will not ask any questions.”

They would like to get it back in time for Remembrance Day, she added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salmo RCMP at 250-357-2212 or Crime Stoppers.