Surrey RCMP arrests alleged mail thieves
2017-11-24 14:28 PST
File # 2017-166693
Surrey RCMP has arrested three persons in connection to an alleged theft of mail from the Morgan Creek area of Surrey.
On November 22nd at 3:45am, Surrey RCMP was notified that mail was allegedly being stolen in the Morgan creek area. Patrol officers located a parked minivan near Rosemary Heights Crescent and Rosemary Heights Drive. All three men, who were known to police, were arrested in the minivan without incident. Found in the minivan was a large amount of stolen mail.
Now charged is the following:
- Craig DAVIES, 35 years old, from Surrey
- Jordan WARDSTROM, 22 years old, from Surrey
- Jamie TIMBS, 41 years old, from Surrey
All three have been charged with one count of Theft of Mail. WARDSTROM has one additional charge of Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000. All three have been remanded in custody.
Mail theft is usually the start of identity theft which leads to impersonation, says Corporal Scotty Schumann.
This in turn results in someone using your personal information to commit additional crimes.
Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) is leading this investigation. PCTT uses analytics and intelligence to identify prolific property thieves for targeted enforcement. A small number of offenders can be responsible for a majority of crimes (see previous release). As well, the PCTT and Surrey RCMP team up with partners like Canada Post who takes the security of mail very seriously. Together with the assistance of the community and partner agencies, the City of Surrey has seen a 9% overall reduction in property crime this year. Theft of mail generally spikes during the winter months so extra care around mail security is advised.
Surrey RCMP and Canada Post recommend the following to reduce the likelihood of your mail being stolen:
- Have your mail held if you are going out of town for a lengthy period of time.
- When you change your address, make sure to notify your mailers such as all relevant financial institutions, insurance, etc. Canada Post offers a mail forwarding service and has change of address cards to assist with the process.
- Collect your mail daily.
- When you move, file a change of address with Canada Post, banks and other companies.
- If your mail fails to arrive, contact senders to ensure they have your correct mailing address.
- Report suspicious activities around mailboxes immediately to police and Canada Post.
For more information on protecting your mail, see Canada Post’s website.
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Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
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