North Vancouver RCMP are asking for the public’s help to identify “three masked, gloved suspects” who broke into a panel of mailboxes during the early morning hours of February 17th, 2019.
The suspects targeted mailboxes in the lobby of 124 West 1st Street. They were forced open around 4:45 a.m. with a pry-bar and the suspects then 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”.
Fraudsters who steal mail have access to 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
With all this information, criminals 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.
To protect yourself, you should:
- 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.
Below is surveillance footage of the incident:
If you have any information about this mail theft, please contact Cst. Emmaline Hastie at 604-985-1311, or by email at [email protected] 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.
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