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Mailboxes from Lumby to Vernon targeted by thieves

March 06, 2017 - 10:56 AM

VERNON - Police in the North Okanagan are hoping to stamp out a spate of thefts from mailboxes.

Since January, a number of community mailboxes were broken into with the most recent hit just last week, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says.

On March 2, Canada Post called the RCMP to let them know community mailboxes in Lumby, Coldstream and Vernon were broken into overnight. Police continue to investigate what was stolen and are reminding residents to pick their mail up as soon as possible to reduce the risk of it being taken.

Mailboxes were also targeted in January and February, although police do not know if the same person, or people, are responsible.

Some residents have reported the loss of sensitive items, Noseworthy says.

“We’ve also had people turn in mail that’s been discarded,” she says.

Theft of mail can lead to cases of fraud or identity theft if personal information is obtained, so police are taking the trend seriously.

Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity around community mailboxes to the RCMP immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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