Police in British Columbia are investigating after a bejewelled eagle worth millions of dollars was snatched in a violent robbery. Delta Police say the solid gold eagle encrusted with more than 700 diamonds and an emerald weighing more than 12 carats was stolen on a street in the suburban community of Ladner on Sunday night.

Ron Shore owns the Maltese Eagle, which stands about 30 centimetres and weighs more than eight kilograms, and he says it’s worth about five million dollars.

Shore declined to discuss what happened during the robbery, but says it was extremely traumatic and that he was badly injured.

He says he has travelled to several locations displaying the eagle with the goal of raising money to fight breast cancer — a cause that has been close to his heart since his sister-in-law died from the disease.

Police say they are interviewing witnesses and working on a description of the suspect or suspects.