Stolen collection returned to B.C. church

A large collection of cancelled stamps found this May in a bush in central Abbotsford, B.C., has since been returned to its rightful owners.

Found by a “Good Samaritan” and turned in to the Abbotsford Police Department, the stamps were claimed by that city’s chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The stamps were originally donated to the group, which uses the used postage for charity initiatives, by a local collector earlier that month. On May 16, the stamps were stolen from the Masonic Hall during a chapter meeting.


The stamps are sorted by volunteers from the chapter and prepared for sale to collectors. All proceeds go towards buying material to make dressings that are donated to cancer patients.

“We extend our thanks to the community for spreading the word about these stolen stamps,” said Sergeant Judy Bird, media relations officer with the Abbotsford Police Department. “We are so pleased to be able to return the collection to this worthwhile cause.”

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