Court documents: Woman bear sprayed, antiques stolen

    These two antique American Samplers are worth a combined $33,500. (Photos via the Vancouver Police Department)

    KATU News has obtained court documents filed in Clark County court showing police are investigating the theft of rare, expensive antiques after a man broke into a Vancouver home in late November.

    Vancouver police put out a press release asking for people to be on the lookout for two antique American Samplers.

    The unique items are both more than 180 years old and are worth a combined $33,500.

    According to a search warrant, a 70-year-old woman called 911 after an unidentified man showed up at her house and threw a rock through a window before breaking into the house. Court documents say the woman was struggling to breath after the burglar hit her with "Frontiersman brand bear deterrent spray."

    More than a week after the crime, police sought the public's help in recovering the stolen items. Days later, on Dec. 11, court documents say a man called Vancouver detectives saying he had been given one of the stolen samplers as a Christmas gift from his brother-in-law. The search warrant says family was initially suspicious of the "unusual" gift because the family member who gave it to them messaged them via Facebook to not search for more information about the sampler online.

    Vancouver police would not provide any information about the progress in the case, citing it as an active investigation.

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