The nagging question behind the mysterious theft of a $7.5 million golden eagle – by Douglas Quan (National Post – July 11, 2016)

Jim Murphy, a performance coach for professional athletes, had just finished giving a motivational talk on “living your dreams” at the Pneuma Church in Ladner, B.C., on May 29 when he says a man wearing a backpack approached him.

Ron Shore told Murphy he enjoyed his talk and would like to have coffee with him sometime. He said his sister-in-law had died from breast cancer and he was trying to raise $100 million for breast cancer research.

Murphy was distracted; he was in the middle of signing books and others wanted to talk to him. But something Shore said caught his attention. He disclosed he had a $9-million golden eagle statue in his backpack as part of his fundraising efforts. And he had another piece of art valued at about $50,000 in his car.

“Why did you say that?” a woman accompanying Shore said to him. “I’m sure I can trust Jim,” he replied. Murphy was a bit confused. Why is he telling me this? Is it true? If it is true, I’m not going to ask him to show me because that could be dangerous. He was right.

Outside the church that evening, Shore was assaulted by two masked men as he was loading the trunk of his vehicle and robbed of his prized eagle, along with a silver eagle, which Shore described as a “decoy.” Shore chased one of the suspects and tried to grab him as he fled in an SUV. He was dragged about 200 metres before falling, police said.

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