Police are asking anyone who had their mailbox broken into overnight in Courtenay and Comox to contact their banks, credit card companies, Equifax Canada and Trans Union Canada due to the possibility of identity theft.
According to Comox Valley RCMP, more than 12 community mailboxes in Comox and Courtenay were broken into overnight Sunday, March 17.
The integrated forensic identification section is assisting investigators as they continue to examine the mailboxes and canvass local neighbourhoods to gather more evidence.
“It is important to check your mail every day, that way if thieves break in overnight, they’ll come up with nothing,” Const. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer, said in a release.
“If you’re going away, ensure someone else is available to collect your mail or contact Canada Post to have your mail held.”
Anyone with information about the mail theft is asked to call Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.
The exact location of the thefts have not been made public but people can contact Canada Post at 1-866-607-6301.
Canada Post said the mailboxes are being fixed and flyers will be posted at each community mailbox site informing customers of the incident. Anyone affected can temporarily pick up their mail at either the Courtney Post Office at 333 Hunt Place or the Lazo Post Office at 7-1625 Military Row.
Customers who believe they have not received a specific piece of mail or parcel can contact the sender.