Thief inadvertently makes off with museum artifacts

North Vancouver

2019-08-26 09:35 PDT

File # 2019-23450

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives are hoping they may get some stolen items back after they were stolen this weekend.

On Saturday, August 24, a museum employee was transporting the artifacts in a black single-strap duffle bag, and briefly set down the bag in the Lower Lonsdale area. When the employee’s back was turned, the bag was snatched.

The bag contained a WWII-era helmet, a pair of iron-working tongs, and a metal rivetting bucket (as seen in the photo below). Most importantly, the bag also contained a bright purple guest book containing important records.

                           photo of actors holding museum property

                                               (link to larger copy of photo)

None of these items are of significant cash value, but they are pieces with historic value for the museum.

This was most likely a crime of opportunity, said Sgt. Doug Trousdell, North Vancouver Detachment Media Relations Officer. It’s unlikely that the thief knew what they were stealing. They were probably hoping to find a wallet or cell phone, and wouldn’t have recognized the artifacts as being museum property. 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 the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 and quote file number 19-23450.


Released by
Sgt. Doug Trousdell

Media Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
Cell: 604-785-8733
Fax: 604-990-7450


Released by

Sgt. Doug Trousdell

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP (English only)
147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver V7L 2N4
Office: (604) 985-1311


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