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Vintage coins seized during Shuswap traffic stop, RCMP seeking to reunite them with owner

RCMP say the vintage coins were seized, along with other suspected stolen goods, during a high-risk traffic stop near Salmon Arm in February.
RCMP say the vintage coins were seized, along with other suspected stolen goods, during a high-risk traffic stop near Salmon Arm in February. B.C. RCMP

Police in B.C.’s Southern Interior are looking to return a small coin collection to its rightful owner.

According to police, a high-risk traffic stop along the Trans-Canada Highway in Tappen on Feb. 9 resulted in suspected stolen goods being seized, including a small trove of vintage coins.

The suspected stolen goods were found inside a black Pontiac G5 that had been reported stolen out of the North Okanagan.

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“A search of the suspect vehicle yielded additional stolen plates, a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a stolen identification card, birth certificate, and stolen cheques,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“Also seized were nearly two dozen vintage coins, which investigators believe to be stolen property as well.”

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Police added that “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 public to track down the collector.”

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RCMP say two people were taken into custody: A 39-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle and a 48-year-old male passenger. Police say the woman had a suspended license.

Police say the woman is now facing potential charges and is expected to appear in court at a later date, while the man was released without any charges.

The RCMP would like the rightful owner of the coins, along with proof of ownership, to contact Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud at 250-828-3111.

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