Oak Bay family asks for help in resolving ‘horrible mix-up’

A black plastic bag containing amateur paintings and a silver-plated chatelaine was taken from outside a residence on Monterey Ave.

One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure, but in this case, it wasn’t trash at all.

On Thursday (March 15), a black plastic bag containing amateur paintings and a silver-plated chatelaine – a series of engraved boxes, scissors and other sewing tools each connected by a chain to a centrepiece – was taken from the boulevard outside a residence on Monterey Avenue near Windsor Road.

From the placement of the bag and other nearby items, it may have appeared as though the items were being discarded or given away, but in fact, they were family treasures being assembled for pick-up.

The chatelaine in particular is of high sentimental value to the family, who believes the circumstances are more likely a horrible mix-up than a theft.

If the items are located, contact Heather Wright at 250-477-5473.