RCMP recovers coins, owners unknown

Officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are seeking the rightful owner of a coin collection recovered from a stolen vehicle in December and believe it might be related to two other incidents in 2018.

In all three incidents, the coins were recovered in Kamloops, B.C. The latest incident took place on Dec. 2, more than a year after the first two incidents.

On Aug. 8, 2018, officers recovered coins from a car registered in Edmonton, Alta., and about a month and a half later, more coins were recovered by police from a residence in Kamloops.

RCMP Reserve Constable Gaetan Parr believes the original “theft could have occurred in that area” of Alberta – more than 550 kilometres north-east of Kamloops – but “all attempts to locate the coins’ owners have been unsuccessful.”

“I understand information is limited,” added Parr. “I hope some of the markings might provide some information of ownership.”

Within both of the recovered vehicles were coins held in two-by-two holders, some with descriptions and values but none with the owner’s identity.

More than 100 coins were found, and “a fair amount” are silver dollars.

“We’ve tried to research on our system, but it’s very limited without serial numbers or names,” said Parr. “There’s nothing to tie them to an owner; sometimes, people will steal things that also have some identification with it, but not in this case.”

Anyone with information about the coins’ owners is urged to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 25o-828-3000.

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