This past weekend, a thief made off with a bag of archival items from a North Vancouver museum that will have little value to the culprit but have valuable historic meaning.
On August 24, a North Vancouver Museum and Archives employee was transporting artifacts in a black single-strap duffle bag.
When the employee briefly set the bag down in the Lower Lonsdale area, the bag was stolen when the employee turned away from it.
According to North Vancouver RCMP, the items have very little monetary value but have historic significance.
Inside the bag was a Second World War–era helmet, a pair of iron-working tongs, and a metal-riveting bucket (as shown in the photo).
North Vancouver RCMP presume that the thief had no idea what was in the bag and that it was a crime of opportunity.
“They were probably hoping to find a wallet or cell phone, and wouldn’t have recognized the artifacts as being museum property,” North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Doug Trousdell stated in a news release. “We’re hoping that they might have discarded the bag, and that a member of the public might come across it and return it.”
Anyone who finds the property or have any information about this incident is asked to call North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.