Police recover stolen Bill Miner's watch
A gold pocket watch that once belonged to legendary train-robber Bill Miner was one of eight watches stolen during a short-lived theft at Victoria's Royal British Columbia Museum
Victoria Police say a man and woman face theft-related charges after their arrests at a home in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, and the watches are now back at the museum
Royal B.C. Museum chief executive officer Jack Lohman says the watches date back to the turn-of-the-century and are extremely valuable to the museum for their historical significance, especially the time piece associated with Miner.
Miner was an American-born career criminal who crossed the border into B.C. in the early 1900s and robbed at least two trains before he was caught and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but he soon after escaped and fled to the States.
Miner's exploits in Western Canada were chronicled in the 1980s movie The Grey Fox.
Victoria Police says the thieves appear to have stolen the watches as a crime of opportunity and likely did not know their historical significance.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Canada News
- Snowbirds hit townKelowna - 10:25 am
- Pilot out of hospitalVernon / N. Okanagan - 1:20 pm
- Highway closed north of VernonVernon / N. Okanagan - 7:33 pm
- Wildfire doused quicklyCentral Okanagan - 4:28 pm
Government of Canada
Canada Revenue Agency