A Nova Scotia man is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon on charges of possession of stolen property after police recovered more than 1,000 artifacts believed to have been stolen from local universities, libraries and private collections over 20 to 25 years.
A police officer stopped a man for a routine traffic investigation last summer, and noticed what looked like an old letter in the vehicle, Cpl. Scott MacRae of the Halifax Regional RCMP said. Further investigation revealed the letter was written in 1758 by British army officer Gen. James Wolfe. The letter, valued at more than $15,000, is believed to have been stolen from Dalhousie University in Halifax, MacRae said.
John Mark Tillmann, 51, of Fall River, has been charged with several counts of possession of stolen property.