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17 charges against man in Metro Vancouver mail thefts

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Jul 20, 2020 at 11:50 am PDT

FILE - Canada Post community mailboxes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
Summary

A 30-year-old Surrey man has been charged after a four-month investigation into mail theft

Nickolas Kelly was arrested July 7 and has since been charged with 17 counts relation to mail theft offences

Kelly was charged on July 2 and a warrant was issued for his arrest

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A 30-year-old Surrey man has been charged after a four-month investigation into mail theft throughout Metro Vancouver.

Nickolas Kelly was arrested July 7 and has since been charged with 17 counts relation to mail theft offenses in Surrey, Delta, Richmond, and North Vancouver.

The RCMP investigation began in March after reports of a break-and-enter and theft of mail on 64th Avenue.

Kelly was charged on July 2 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He remains in custody.

“This was a complex investigation with multiple offenses in different jurisdictions,” St. Sgt. Ryan Element says in a release. “Mail theft isn’t just inconvenient for victims, it can put them unknowingly at risk for identity theft.”

Police advises people to collect their mail as soon as possible, avoid having packages delivered to the front door if no one is home during the day and to shred documents that contain personal information, such as credit card offers.

Anyone that has any information about the investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.