Royal Canadian Mounted Police call on collectors to help identify artifacts

NOVA SCOTIA, Canada – News out of Prince Edward Island, Canada today finds the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) calling on antiques dealer and collectors to help identify thousands of artifacts that were allegedly stolen.

‘This is one of the most unique files that I have investigated in my career,’ said Sgt. Colin MacLean of the Halifax District RCMP SCEU, in a statement on the RCMP’s Web site. ‘The items that we have seized are vast in number and will take investigators in many different paths. One of the biggest challenges ahead will be determining ownership.

Yard Master's Hat (Photo courtesy Nova Scotia RCMP)

Yard Master’s Hat (Photo courtesy Nova Scotia RCMP)

According to the Nova Scotia RCMP Web site, a traffic stop in July 2012 resulted in an officer seizing a document later identified as an original letter from 1758, written by Maj. Gen. James Wolfe, a leader in the British Army’s during the defeat of the French in the Battle of Quebec. This discovery led to a more extensive investigation and on Jan. 18, 2013 police seized more than 1,000 antiques and artifacts believed to have been stolen from various universities, museums and private collections over a matter of years. The suspect in this case, John Mark Tillman, 51, is in custody.

If you’re interested in helping identify the items and possibly help get the items back to the rightful owners, you can visit the RCMP Web site to view the items and