The Nanaimo RCMP have a variety of tools seized during a traffic stop and would like to return them to their rightful owner. (Photo submitted)

The Nanaimo RCMP have a variety of tools seized during a traffic stop and would like to return them to their rightful owner. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo RCMP seize tools found in overdue rental car during vehicle stop

Police hope to return tools to proper owner

Nanaimo RCMP hope to be able to reunite tools, seized during a vehicle check, to their rightful owner

The traffic stop happened on Howard Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, the tools were discovered in plain view on the back seat of a rental vehicle when the investigating officer stopped the car.

Neither the male driver nor his female passenger were listed on the vehicle’s rental agreement and neither of them could offer a reasonable explanation as to where the tools came from, the release noted.

The rental vehicle was also one day late being returned to the rental agency. The vehicle was towed for safekeeping and the rental agency was informed about its location.

In the investigating officer’s estimation, the tools were likely stolen, so they were seized, say RCMP. A check of the serial numbers didn’t turn up any results, though one of the tools has the name ‘Mitch’ engraved on it and a Milwaukee band saw bears the initials ‘TTI.’

The list of tools includes a Milwaukee Fuel 18V band saw, a Ramset Mastershot fastener, Magtorch cutting torch kit, Snap-On automotive compression gauge set, Longacre digital caster-camber gauge, Extech laser photo-contact tachometer, Longacre tire gauge and temperature reader, a heated knife, a Dewalt tool box containing a variety of hand tools, an HDMI cord and a USB cord.

Anyone with information about the ownership of the tools is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2020-42349.

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