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RCMP look to re-unite collector with vintage coins

Police in the North Okanagan are looking to find the owner of stolen vintage coins following a traffic stop in Tappen. — Submitted photo

RCMP in the north Okanagan are 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, 10 kilometers north of Salmon Arm, earlier this year.

RCMP said an officer on February 9, 2021, 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.

Police said licence plates on the vehicle showed it had been reported stolen out of the Vernon North Okanagan.

“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,” RCMP said.

Police said 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,” said 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.”

RCMP said the 39-year-old Enderby woman now faces a number of potential charges under each the BC Motor Vehicle Act and the Criminal Code and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

The passenger was released without charge.

Anyone believing they are the rightful owner of the coins seized by the Kamloops Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU), are asked to contact the lead investigator Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud at 250-828-3111.

The caller must be able to provide proof of ownership to claim.