Mounties try to find owners of stolen antiques

A phonograph was among 1,300 items seized from the home of a Nova Scotia man accused of hoarding...

A phonograph was among 1,300 items seized from the home of a Nova Scotia man accused of hoarding stolen antiques. (Handout)

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If you're missing a suit of armour, Nova Scotia's Mounties would like to hear from you. They've posted some of the 1,300 artifacts seized from the home of an alleged hoarder of stolen antiques.

Cops stopped John Mark Tillmann, 51, for a routine traffic investigation in the summer of 2011 and noticed what looked like an old letter in the vehicle.

It turned out British army officer Gen. James Wolfe wrote the letter in 1758. It's valued at more than $15,000, and was allegedly stolen from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

In January, police searched Tillmann's home in Fall River, a Halifax suburb, and recovered about 1,300 items, worth at least $500,000, mostly from Atlantic Canada.

He's accused of possession of stolen property.

Now Mounties are trying to track down the historical items' original owners.

If you know the origins of the suit of armour, the historic portrait of St. Mary's Basilica in Halifax, the 1491 rare edition of Consolatio Philosophiae by Boethius or any of the other items, call (902) 426-1607.


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