Monday April 16, 2012


Flea Market Deal Too 'Good' To Be True

Samaritan returns some items lost in art heist

Released by Cpl. Tammy Hollingsowrth, RCMP UFVRD


n February 10, 2012, numerous hand carved native masks, and native gold and silver jewellry worth over $25,000.00 were stolen from a break and enter to a residence. Some of the masks have now been returned to the rightful owner thanks to a good Samaritan.


On the morning of April 12, 2012, a man attended the front counter of the Chilliwack RCMP detachment with some masks he had purchased about a month ago at a flea market in Abbotsford. After seeing the media release he believed the masks he had purchased were the ones that were stolen and wished for them to be returned to the owner.

"Although numerous items from the break and enter are still outstanding, the family of the stolen goods was very emotional and thankful with the work done by the police, the extensive media attention, and to the man who turned the masks in," says Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. "These masks have such spiritual and sentimental value. The man who turned in these masks obviously appreciated them and paid several hundreds of dollars for them, but he knew they were of value to someone else who also appreciated them and wanted them returned to the rightful owner."

The Chilliwack RCMP are asking if you have purchased any native art recently or have seen some for sale to please call us. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information on the whereabouts of the remaining native art and jewellry is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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