More than $500k worth of stolen artifacts found in Halifax-area home

HALIFAX – RCMP officers are painstakingly cataloguing about 1,000 antiques, rare books, historical documents and paintings they allege were pilfered over two decades and put on display in a suburban Halifax home.

Spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae says officers found a trove of artifacts worth well over $500,000 Friday when they searched a large, two-storey home in Fall River that had been turned into a veritable museum.

John Mark Tillmann is due in provincial court Thursday on charges of possession of stolen property.

MacRae says the investigation began when officers pulled over the 51-year-old’s car last July and allegedly found a letter dated 1758 from British Gen. James Wolfe, apparently taken from Dalhousie University’s archives years ago.

MacRae says police have contacted a number of museums, libraries and universities that are believed to be the rightful owners of the loot, including Memorial University of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia’s legislative library and small-town museums.

Story continues below advertisement

Dalhousie archivist Mike Moosberger says he’s relieved the Wolfe letter has been found, and he says the school is looking forward to its eventual return.

Sponsored content