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Police want citizen help recovering rare coins pinched from Whippletree Antique Mall

Police urge folks to watch for, then report whereabouts of these coins stolen Nov. 13 from the Whippletree Antique Mall.  - Courtesy: North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
Police urge folks to watch for, then report whereabouts of these coins stolen Nov. 13 from the Whippletree Antique Mall.
— image credit: Courtesy: North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

Check your change, then call the police if your coins appear to be hot.

That's the message from local Mounties after a recent theft of rare coins from Cowichan's Whippletree Antique Mall.

Nov. 13 at 9:42 p.m. saw the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP answer a commercial alarm in the Whippletree shop at 4175 Trans-Canada Highway.

"It was discovered entry had been gained, and a collection of rare coins, within a locked display case, was targeted," Cpl. Jon Stuart says of the burglary.

Approximately 30 collectible coins, valued at $1,600 were taken.

The collection contained several rare, identifiable coins, including a set of 28 from the 1980 Russian Olympics.

Citizens are advised to be aware of these stolen items, in case someone tries to sell or trade them, Stuart advised.

The stolen coins include: 1980 USSR Olympic set of 28 coins and case; 1986, 1991, & 2003 Canadian proof set of six coins and case; 1980, 1981, 1984, 1992, 1995, 2001 and 2002 proof Canadian dollars and cases; 2004 silver dollar and case; two 1994 RCMP dollar and case; 1997 hockey dollar and case; 1992 hockey set and case; 1997 nature set and case; 1990 Kelsey dollar and case; 1992 proof quarter boxed; 1993 hockey dollar and case; and a 1998 silver set and case; and a 1995 specimen set and case.

If you have information on this, or any other crime, contact the RCMP at 250-748-5522, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

You don't have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, or recovery of stolen property or seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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