Two dresses recovered, three arrested after attempting to pawn stolen Indigenous regalia

Three arrests have been made in connection with the theft in a Saskatoon parking lot of seven jingle dresses and other traditional Indigenous regalia.

Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, on Wednesday on its Facebook page, said a man and a woman were able to pawn two of the dresses only a few hours after the theft occurred on Oct. 30.

The theft took place while Kalli Eagle Speaker had stopped for a meal before leaving the city on her way home to the Kainai Nation in Alberta following her performance in the FSIN Spirit of Our Nations Powwow. While she was inside the McDonalds location on 22nd Street West on Tuesday around 6 p.m., someone smashed the rear passenger window of her truck and took off with two suitcases inside.

Kalli Eagle Speaker is heartbroken at the theft of her seven traditional jingle dresses that were stolen out of her mother’s truck in Saskatoon on October 30, 2018. (Supplied)

Police were quickly able to recover the two pawned dresses and identify a male suspect. The day after the theft, two new suspects entered the same pawn shop in an attempt to sell two more dresses but left with the stolen goods after being unable to get the price they wanted for the dresses, according to Crime Stoppers on its Facebook page.

Police identified and arrested three of the individuals who attempted to pawn the dresses but are still working to identify and arrest a fourth person.

The other dresses that were stolen have yet to be recovered, according to police.

“This has been emotionally upsetting for the family. Please help get back the remaining (dresses),” Crime Stoppers said in its Facebook post.

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