P.E.I. thief stole coins from historic wishing well

Police in Cavendish, P.E.I., are asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for dirty or corroded coins after someone damaged and climbed into an iconic wishing well last week.

Charlottetown RCMP said the well – located at L. M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, which includes Green Gables Heritage Place and the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish home – was damaged by “someone, or possibly more than one person,” who used a ladder to climb to the bottom sometime last week.

It’s unknown how much money was at the bottom of the well, which was dug in the 19th century but has been used as a wishing well since the 1980s. The National History Site, which was designated in 2004, attracts thousands of visitors each summer.

“The Queens RCMP would like to ask the public for any information they may have about this theft and damage,” reads a press release issued by police. “Someone may have a large amount of coins which may be muddy, dirty and possibly corroded from being at the bottom of the well for a long period of time.”

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