A woman has been fined after police found $4,000 worth of stolen silver in a car damaged in a head-on crash last year on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Kamloops.
Angel Jones, 32, pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court to one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
Court heard Jones and her boyfriend were driving along the highway near Chase on March 1, 2020, when their sedan struck a transport truck heading in the opposite direction.
Jones and her boyfriend were taken to hospital and police seized their vehicle. Crown prosecutor Laura Drake said the car was “stuffed full” of things that didn’t belong to the couple.
The next day, Drake said, Jones went to the Chase RCMP detachment and asked to have a number of items from the car — her purse, her wallet and a collection of distinct silver coins and bars.
“The coins and bars were quite unique. They had very specific markings and stamps on them,” Drake said.
“And the police were a little bit suspicious that this silver actually belonged to Ms. Jones.”
The Mounties held on to the silver, worth an estimated $4,000, and later discovered it had been stolen from someone in the Golden area. It has since been returned to its owner, Drake said.
Jones, who lives in Calgary, was ordered to pay a $500 fine.