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'They've done this before': North Van Mounties looking for mail thieves

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm PDT

Three masked suspects pried open a panel of mailboxes in North Vancouver on Feb. 17, 2019. (Source: North Vancouver RCMP via YouTube)
Summary

Thieves wore masks, gloves when they used a pry-bar to force open mailboxes in a North Vancouver building

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Mounties are looking for three people who broke into a panel of mailboxes in North Vancouver last month.

The thieves wore masks and gloves when they used a pry-bar to force open the mailboxes in the lobby of a building on W. 1st St. near Lonsdale Ave. on Feb. 17, 2019.

The suspects left in a silver SUV.

“You can tell from the video that they’ve done this before,” said RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries. “They’re organized, completely disguised, and they work quickly.”

Fraudsters are looking for things like your full name, date of birth, SIN, address, and bank details in order to steal your identity, and mail theft is one way they try to get these details from you. Upon stealing your identity, criminals can open new bank accounts, rack up credit card charges, or apply for loans or passports. Mounties say they can even use these details to support terrorist activities.

RCMP recommend you take these steps to help protect yourself:

– Know your credit and debit card billing cycles
– Shred personal and financial documents before putting them in the garbage
– If you move, notify the post office and all relevant financial institutions
– If you go on holiday, place a temporary hold on your mail service with Canada Post or have a trusted person collect your mail daily

If you have any information about last month’s mail thefts, you’re asked to call North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.