Traffic stop nets $75K in stolen jewelry
Police in Kamloops are working to find the rightful owners of an estimated $75,000 worth of stolen jewelry seized during a traffic stop earlier this month.
RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said highway-patrol Mounties pulled a vehicle over near Rayleigh on Nov. 19, initially because one of the car’s tail lights was burned out.
Investigators found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, which led to a more exhaustive search — eventually turning up more than 100 18-karat gold rings, three necklaces and three earrings.
Moskaluk said the estimated value is $75,000.
Police arrested a 41-year-old Edmonton man and he is now facing a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Mounties are now working with authorities in Alberta to find out where the jewelry came from.
Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP’s Southeast District Traffic Services at 250-828-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.