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RCMP suspect seized vintage coins might be stolen property

Vintage coins seized

A traffic stop has netted RCMP a cache of vintage coins that are suspected to be stolen.

On Feb. 9, a Traffic Services Road Safety Unit officer conducted a traffic stop on a black Pontiac G5 along Highway 1 in the Shuswap community of Tappen.

Licence plates that had been reported stolen out of the Vernon area 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, were taken into police custody without incident.

A search of the 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. “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 female suspect is facing a number of potential charges under each the BC Motor Vehicle Act and 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 ... you are asked to contact the lead investigator, Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud at 250-828-3111,” says O'Donaghey. “You must be able to provide proof of ownership to claim.”

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