Police reporting multiple break-ins to mailboxes

By on November 14, 2017
(Herald file photo).

‘Tis the season of mail thefts.

“It’s happening again. It is [the] Christmas season, so this is the time of year that people are starting to get mail with Christmas presents or ordering presents and package,” said RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore.

On Sunday (Nov. 12) police received word that a community mailbox on Maxwell Avenue was broken into sometime over the weekend.

It’s not clear at this point if any mail was taken, she told the Herald.

“It’s often hard to tell because they don’t know what’s coming in the mail,” said Dunsmore, adding that the mailbox looked like it had been pried open with a crowbar.

Additionally, the post office has reported to police that personal mailboxes inside the building have been broken into three times since the end of September, Dunsmore said.

“They’ve had three incidents now, September 25, [October] 14 and November 6, were the three times they reported two or three of then mailboxes in the post office were pried open,” said Dunsmore.

The doors to the post office are locked between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. 

Police have no leads on these three incidents, but are working with Canada Post investigators, she told the Herald.

Dunsmore said it’s important residents check their mailboxes daily, especially if they are expecting to receive something of monetary value.

“If anybody sees somebody that is hanging around, looks like they’re prying [open a mailbox], doing damage or if they see anything [suspicious] report it right away,” said Dunsmore.

She also advised contacting police if you come across mail that looks like it has been thrown away.

When thieves go through mail, they’re usually interested in cash, cheques or new credit cards, according to police.

To report mail theft to the Merritt RCMP call 250-378-4262.

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