On February 17, 2015 the Niagara Regional Police Service was contacted by the District School Board of Niagara regarding a theft from one of their properties. 5 District uniform officers subsequently attended Ridgeway Public School at 143 Ridge Road North in Fort Erie.
Officers say they found that a World War I memorial plaque that had been mounted to a stone monument had been stolen. The plaque was a tribute to local soldiers who gave their lives in the service of Canada, between 1914-1918.
The investigating officer attended a Fort Erie scrap metal yard where the plaque was being held by staff. The staff of the yard had refused service to the male who brought the plaque in due to its suspicious nature. The plaque was recovered by police although it was damaged significantly.
37 year old James Fidler of Fort Erie is charged with one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000. Fidler was released on a promise to appear order with a future court date.
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