Two men have been arrested after police found a car full of stolen mail from Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland and the B.C. Interior.
On May 27, West Shore RCMP were called to a suspicious vehicle in the 3100 block of Jacklin Road in Langford. Once officers arrived, they found two men inside a 2017 black Mercedes-Benz, which was rented.
A 29-year-old man from Burnaby and a 28-year-old man from Maple Ridge were arrested after controlled substances were found in the vehicle. Police later found a break-in instrument and several hundred pieces of stolen mail from multiple locations.
Police also saw one of the suspects and the same in video surveillance footage of a mailbox break-in at an apartment on Peatt Road. In the video, the suspect was seen prying open a community mailbox located inside the apartment and stealing the items inside.
Both of the men are facing multiple criminal charges. Their names have not been released at this time.
“Superboxes and apartment boxes are more of a target than individual mailboxes for mail theft,” Cst. Alex Bérubé, a West Shore RCMP spokesperson, said in a statement.
“Don’t let mail build up in your mailbox.”
RCMP, as well as other police forces and Canada Post, are working to get the mail back to the right recipients. Police are still investigating the thefts.
On Monday, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers demanded Canada Post release the number of community mailboxes that have been broken into across the country.