March 12, 2015 - 11:15 AM
KAMLOOPS - Mail belonging to Kamloops residents was among the thousands of pieces of stolen mail recovered at an apartment complex last month.
The investigation, which started in February when 8,000 to 10,000 pieces of mail were found in a storage locker, has resulted in an arrest. Sarah Lea Arnet, 36, was a tenant of the Langley apartment complex where all the mail was recovered. After executing a warrant to search Arnet's apartment last week, police seized mail, identity cards, credit cards, computers, cell phones and data storage devices.
Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokesperson for Langley RCMP, says while investigators are continuing to look into the case all of the mail was returned to Canada Post and will be redelivered. Marks notes most of the pieces were banking-related.
In the meantime she says if you haven't received mail and suspect it's been stolen to check bank accounts to ensure your identity is intact.
Marks advises people stay proactive with their banking mail and to get most items - especially new credit cards - delivered to a local banking branch.
"The less data that can go in your mailbox, the better," she says.
Marks says the police are applying for warrants to search the data storage to determine if they were used in identity theft. Arnet has been charged with one count of identity theft. Her next court appearance is March 12.
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