This Red Baron style tripane was stolen from Michell Airpark recently and then was returned overnight on Jan. 31. (VRCMS/Facebook)

Red Baron model plane returned in the middle of the night

Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow organizers await the return of other stolen goods

A stolen model airplane had been returned, much to the delight of its owners.

A red biplane, modeled after Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen’s Red Baron aircraft, had been stolen from the Mitchell Airpark in Central Saanich between Jan. 20 and 27. Thieves broke into a storage container at the site and also took various landscaping supplies, including a John Deere riding lawnmower.

In a Facebook post Jan. 31, Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow organizers — the Victoria Radio Controlled Modelers Society — reported the triplane was dropped off in the middle of the night at the airpark on Lochside Drive.

“Tom Michell discovered it at first light and alerted the Central Saanich Police,” stated the post. “Now … if only someone would drop off the riding lawnmower and weed wackers [sic] somewhere!!”

The group that runs the annual radio-controlled model airshow thanked local media outlets and others who shared the news of the break-in and helped spread the word.

The Red Baron model is used during the airshow alongside a flying doghouse, in tribute to the Peanuts character Snoopy’s legendary imaginary battles with the Red Baron.

Central Saanich Police reported the value of the items taken in the theft is around $10,000.

Anyone with information can call the police at 250-652-4441 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Just Posted

Shoebox Project reaches out to women in crisis

Boxes are distributed to transition homes

West Shore RCMP officers cleared in Goldstream trestle death

Independent Investigation Office of BC issues final report

Changes coming to BC Ferries reservations for Vancouver Island routes

Many customers are booking multiple reservations, inflating wait times

Canadian Armed Forces to change approach to sexual assault investigations

New program aimed at a more open and transparent process, will consult with civilians, health and law professionals

Kick off the festive season with Victoria’s annual Marina Light Up

Explore the lighted vessels in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Prosecutors appeal B.C. cops’ acquittal of sex assault charges in Cuba

Port Moody’ Const. Jordan Long and Vancouver’s Const. Mark Simms were acquitted last week

Examine ‘monstrous’ allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women: NDP

The issue of forced sterilizations will also be raised at the UN Committee Against Torture

Canada Post ‘cooling off’ period won’t resolve postal dispute, says CUPW

CUPW national president Mike Palecek says the union isn’t holding rotating strikes to harm the public

Calgary city council votes to shut down bid for 2026 Winter Games

More than half of those who went to the polls voted ‘no’ to bidding for the games

Union offers support following B.C. mine death

Death of B.C. mine worker described as a wake up call for industry

Family launches fundraiser for Island man who spent days trapped in smashed truck

GoFundMe campaign aims to raise $5,000 for Duncan Moffat’s recovery program

Death of 38-year-old Fernie man at B.C. coal mine under investigation

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

Most Read