RCMP say some mailboxes in Penticton compromised by theft

Thieves looting mailboxes

Penticton RCMP say they are investigating a slew of thefts from Canada Post mailboxes in Penticton neighbourhoods.

The investigation has been ongoing since Nov. 21, and police say the thieves are likely targeting pre-paid credit cards, gift cards, cheques and documents that will make it easy to access banking or other personal information.

Compromised mailboxes known at this time include:

  • Kendall Cres / Ridgedale Ave
  • 650 Duncan Ave W
  • Braid St / Eckhardt Ave E
  • Maccleave Ave / Woodlands Dr

“We’re actively investigating these thefts, and in the meantime want to encourage the public to attend in person at their local post office to make sure their letters are delivered,” says Cst. James Grandy.

“If one must use one of the community drop off mailboxes, they should consider doing so during the week, and earlier in the day on weekdays. This way, their mail won’t be left inside the box over a weekend."

This is not the first time local police have had to target mail thieves in recent years.

In early 2021, a man was charged after a search warrant revealed mail not belonging to him at his residence, and in 2018, a woman pleaded guilty to theft from mailboxes in the downtown area, among other recent examples.

If anyone spots suspicious activity in progress at a mailbox, or if you might have CCTV footage of the listed compromised mailboxes, call the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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