RCMP show stolen artifacts

Artifacts stolen from universities, museums shown

Some of the stolen artifacts recovered from a home in Fall River Friday Jan. 18. (Photo Violet MacLeod)
Some of the stolen artifacts recovered from a home in Fall River Friday Jan. 18. (Photo Violet MacLeod)

Select items from a collection of more than 1,000 historical artifacts — many of them believed to be stolen from museums and archives — were shown by RCMP today. The stolen artifacts were recovered on Jan. 18.

Investigators have been able to price some of the items, such as three Nova Scotia history books worth $4,000 to $5,000. Other items have been said to be worth as much as $30,000.

RCMP Sgt. Colin MacLean said while some items may not be worth a whole lot, they have sentimental value.

“Some items are very valuable, some items are just significant to the people who lost them and not of any huge value,” he says.

Items shown included a suit of armour thought to have been a movie prop, a gas mask thought to be from the First World War, a red wooden chair and some books by Charles Darwin.

“One of the rarest items that we have today, I suppose, would be some of the books by Charles Darwin, which, are very early copies. They belong to Mount Saint Vincent University,” MacLean says.

John Mark Tillman, 51, faces four charges of possession of stolen property after the items were seized from his home in Fall River.

RCMP will be posting photographs on its website this week in an effort to return the artifacts to their rightful owners.

“There are so many items and each one of them requires its own investigation in many ways to determine how they were stolen and how they came to be in the possession of Mr. Tillman,” said MacLean.

RCMP officers show reporters the artifacts recovered from a home in Fall River.Recovered sword and Nova Scotia history books.Armour believed to be a movie prop. Recovered paintingRare Charles Darwin books belonging to Mount St. Vincent University.
RCMP officers show reporters the artifacts recovered from a home in Fall River.
Recovered sword and Nova Scotia history books.
Armour believed to be a movie prop.
Recovered painting
Rare Charles Darwin books belonging to Mount St. Vincent University.