Southeast District RCMP look to re-unite collector with vintage coins

B.C. Southeast District, Salmon Arm, Road Safety Unit

2021-04-01 12:06 PDT

File # Central Interior Traffic Services 2021-740

A southern interior traffic enforcement officer is looking to re-unite a coin collector with his or her collection, after seizing nearly two dozen suspected stolen vintage coins from an offender stopped in Tappen BC.

Just some of the vintage coins seized by police;

View larger image: Just some of the vintage coins seized by police;

Back on February 9, 2021 a front line officer with the Central Interior Traffic Services Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) conducted a high risk traffic stop with a black Pontiac G5 along Highway 1 in Tappen BC. Licence plates that had been reported stolen out of the Vernon North Okanagan were attached to the vehicle.

The driver, a 39-year-old Enderby woman whose drivers licence had been suspended and her passenger, a 48-year-old man also from Enderby BC, were taken into police custody without incident.

A search of the suspect vehicle yielded additional stolen plates, a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a stolen identification card and birth certificate and stolen cheques. Also seized were nearly two dozen vintage coins, which investigators believe to be stolen property as well, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. After exhausting all efforts to track down the rightful owner of what seems to be a vintage coin collection, police are now turning to the media and the public to track down the collector.

The 39-year-old Enderby woman now faces a number of potential charges under each the BC Motor Vehicle Act and the Criminal Code. She is expected to appear in court at a later date. Her passenger was released without charge.

If you believe you are the rightful owner of the coins seized by the Kamloops Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU), you are asked to contact the lead investigator Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud at 250-828-3111. You must be able to provide proof of ownership to claim.

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