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Mail theft suspect caught

North Okanagan RCMP believe they may have caught someone behind the rash of recent mailbox break-ins throughout the Okanagan.

On May 4 RCMP responded to reports that five community and group mailboxes had been broken into in the Lavington and Lumby area.

“A short time later a male and female entered the Money Mart on 25th Ave and attempted to cash a cheque related to the thefts,” explained RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

He says police were then called to Polson Park where, after a brief foot chase, a 21-year-old woman was caught.

Officers determined that the suspect had eight outstanding warrants for her arrest, she was held in custody and returned to Kelowna.

“Our officers are continuing with this investigation and after searching the vehicle associated to the two suspects numerous tools and mail items have been recovered indicating thefts from the mailboxes throughout the Okanagan,” said Molendyk.

Molendyk tells Castanet the Lumby break-ins started the investigation, but it appears it could reach further, adding that mailbox break-ins have been reported up and down the Okanagan.

“Whether this individual or individuals is associated with all of them we aren't sure, but there is some indication it was more than just our area.”

He says his team is still in the early stages of the investigation and it will take time to record all of the stolen items that were recovered. After the items are logged investigators will be in contact with the people listed on the envelopes and packages.

RCMP are still searching for the male suspect.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around any of the Community and Group mailboxes or know anything about the thefts to please call them at the Vernon Detachment at 250 545-7171.

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