Harbourcats Plate
(Victoria HarbourCats, design by Travis Michael / Twitter)

A custom-painted baseball home base plate designed by a local artist was stolen from the Victoria HarbourCats office on Thursday.

The theft was discovered by Assistant General Manager (AGM) Christian Stewart, who said the plate had been delivered while he was out of the office.

“It was left on our front porch,” said Stewart in an interview with Victoria Buzz.

“I had gone out to lunch, came back from lunch and there was this empty box sitting on our front stoop. It had our owner and GM’s name on it.”

HarbourCats staff posted a photo of the box, which had been torn open, to their social media, which led artist Travis Michael to recognize it and tell them what it had contained.

The Victoria-based artist is known for designing custom-painted sporting goods, including a goalie mask worn by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko.

“Obviously, our thought is why couldn’t somebody just leave it alone,” said Stewart.

He says the HarbourCats office has experienced multiple incidents of a similar nature in recent months, including someone stealing decals off the office windows.

Stewart added that staff at the office have also been subjected to threats and intimidation from unhoused people in the area.

“It’s a trend we’ve been noticing in the neighbourhood. Yesterday’s theft is part of that trend. I feel the city could be doing more to abate the level of crime that’s happening.”

The HarbourCats AGM said while the theft is relatively minor, the stress of repeated incidents has come at a particularly difficult time.

“It’s been a rough year for us, a loss of revenue. Something like this, while not critical, is just another thing on top of everything else.”

VicPD says that anyone who sees the plate can call their non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 extension 1.