Vancouver police say they are searching for the owner of thousands of dollars of dental gold recovered earlier this year during a stolen-property investigation.
They say the $12,000 worth of dental gold including fillings, caps and bridges was recovered in June.
Police say this kind of gold is a scrap metal removed from people's mouths by dentists, and investigators believe it may have been taken during a break-and-enter at a dental office or at the home of someone who had been collecting it.
They say it's possible the theft was not reported to the police, or that it took place in another city or province.
Sgt. Steve Addison says police haven't been able to find out where the gold was stolen from, so they haven't yet been able to make an arrest or lay charges.
He calls the case "strange and puzzling," unlike anything investigators have seen in a long time.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 26, 2021.
The Canadian Press