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Mailbox thefts target St. Paul residents

At least three reports of mailbox thefts and damage have been noted in less than a week.
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ST. PAUL - At least three separate mailbox thefts have been reported to St. Paul RCMP over the last few days. 

According to Sgt. Stephen Nolan, operations NCO with the St. Paul RCMP detachment, police received the first report of a mailbox break-in on Oct. 24, followed by two more reports on Oct. 25. 

While mailbox thefts have occurred in the past, this incident was a bit unexpected as there have not been other reports made recently. The matter is under investigation, confirmed Nolan.

Some tips that police recommend residents keep in mind to reduce the likelihood of mail being stolen include checking their mailbox daily, and knowing approximately what time mail is being delivered each day. 

If you happen to be heading out of town for a few days, get someone trusted to check your mail for you, and never send cash in the mail. When shipping parcels, choose the option that includes a signature upon delivery.

Also, ensuring your address is up-to-date with Canada Post is important. 

Nolan encourages residents to report any suspicious activity or damage caused to mailboxes. They can do so by calling the St. Paul RCMP detachment, or Crime Stoppers if they would like to remain anonymous. 

Canada Post also recommends reaching out to police if a resident notices damage to a community mailbox.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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