Mail Thieves Get Stamp Of Disapproval
2019-03-14 06:00 PDT
File # 2019-4148
North Vancouver RCMP are asking for your help to identify these three masked, gloved suspects who broke into a panel of mailboxes during the early morning hours of February 17, 2019.
The mailboxes, which are located in the lobby of 124 West 1st Street, were forced open around 4:45 AM with a pry-bar. The suspects left in a silver SUV.You can tell from the video that they’ve done this before, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP.
They’re organized, completely disguised, and they work quickly.
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Somebody knows them, and we're asking that person to contact us, said DeVries.
You can remain anonymous if you want to. DeVries is also asking anyone who may be up between the hours of 3AM and 6AM to report any suspicious people or vehicles by calling 9-1-1.
Anyone with information about this mail theft is asked to contact Cst. Emmaline Hastie at 604-985-1311, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can be made through Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, who will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Fraudsters have a recipe for identity theft, and mail theft is one way they gather the ingredients they need. These include your:
- full name
- date of birth
- Social Insurance Number
- full address
- mother’s maiden name
- driver's license number
- personal identification numbers (PIN)
- credit card information (numbers, expiry dates and the last three digits printed on the signature panel)
- bank account numbers
- sample of signature
- passport number
Criminals can use this information to do a variety of things in your name. They can open new bank accounts or transfer your existing account balances, rack up charges on you credit cards or apply for new ones, apply for loans, passports or government benefits, and even support terrorist activities.
There are steps you can take steps to protect yourself from mail theft:
- 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.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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