Monday April 16, 2012
Flea Market Deal Too 'Good' To Be
Samaritan returns some items lost in art heist
Released by Cpl. Tammy Hollingsowrth,
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.
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
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