An old-school, black and white photo of a police badge was on the market for $25,000 when a Calgary woman took it up.
She put it up on her Facebook page in May.
“I was just a kid at the time, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s so cool, I can wear that badge,” said Jessica Mardel, 26, who works in marketing.
Mardell said the badge had been in the possession of a Calgary police officer for about four years, but she decided to post it online and sell it on the black market.
The photo is one of a few that can be found online, selling for as much as $75,000.
Mardson has since sold the badge for about $6,000 and said she’s now selling the other three photos, which range in price from $35,000 to $85,000, on eBay.
“The other photos were all stolen from other people,” she said.
Mares said she plans to put the stolen badges up for auction in the coming weeks. “
If someone comes into my house and takes a photo, I would just have to tell them, ‘OK, we’re going to give you the photo back,'” she said, adding she also plans to sell the other pictures.
Mares said she plans to put the stolen badges up for auction in the coming weeks.
“It’s definitely something that I would never do in my wildest dreams,” she told CBC News.
“But now I think it’s a good opportunity to get people to think about the value of these items.”
She also said she’ll be selling the badges online to help pay for the cost of a car, as well as a new smartphone.