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Whistler RCMP warns residents following mailbox break-ins last month

Police are trying to identify the culprits as well as what items were stolen



Whistler police are warning residents that their mail may have been stolen after several communal mailboxes were broken into last month.

On Oct. 16, Whistler RCMP was notified of the thefts from mailboxes in the areas of Old Gravel Road, Stonebridge Drive and Brandywine Way. Canada Post confirmed the break-ins occurred the day prior.

Police are currently trying to identify the culprits as well as what items were stolen.

"The RCMP want to remind people [to] be vigilant and report suspicious activity around communal mailboxes, pay attention if you do not receive mail that you had expected and don't let mail build up in your mailbox," read a statement from police.

In an email, a spokesperson for Canada Post said letters were posted at the affected mailboxes notifying residents where they could pick up their mail. Damaged locks were also replaced last week and full delivery has since resumed.

There tends to be several reports a year of mailboxes around Whistler being broken into. Spokesperson Sylvie Lapointe would not comment when asked whether Canada Post was satisfied with the level of security at its mailboxes. She also did not address why it took more than two weeks to replace the damaged locks.

Canada Post encourages anyone expecting a parcel that did not arrive to contact the sender, who can initiate a claim at 1-800-267-1177. Customers concerned with identify fraud should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Police are asking victims who have not yet reported the theft to police, or anyone with information on the crimes, to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.