North Vancouver RCMP release video of slick mail thieves in action – CBC.ca

North Vancouver RCMP release video of slick mail thieves in action - CBC.ca
North Van mail theft prompts RCMP warning
North Vancouver RCMP have released a video of a team of practised mail thieves who made quick work of mailboxes in the lobby at 124 West First Street early in the morning on Feb. 17.

The three suspects, who all appear to be male, wore gloves and hid their faces with masks, hats and hoodies. One of the suspects uses a pry bar to pop open the mailboxes. Police say they left in a silver SUV.

"You can tell from the video that they've done this before," said Sgt. Peter DeVries. "They're organized, completely disguised, and they work quickly."

Using that kind of information, criminals can open up bank accounts, apply for new credit cards and loans, request new passports and even "support terrorist activities," according to police.

DeVries says mail theft is one way fraudsters gather information to commit identity theft. Criminals look for:

The RCMP said mail theft is one way for identity thieves to gather personal information on potential victims, such as names, birthdays, addresses, bank account information and passport numbers.

According to the RCMP, the information can be used to open new bank accounts and transfer money from existing account balances, rack up credit card charges or apply for new cards, apply for loans, passports or government benefits, and even support terrorist activities.

"You can tell from the video that theyve done this before," Sgt. Peter DeVries said in a statement. "Theyre organized, completely disguised and they work quickly."

Anyone with information about theft is asked to contact Const. Emmaline Hastie at 604-985-1311 or by email at [email protected]

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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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Police said fraudsters have a recipe for identity theft, and mail theft is one way they gather the ingredients they need and can use this information to do a variety of things using the victims names.

Police have released surveillance footage of the Feb. 17 break-in that shows three masked men letting themselves into the lobby at 124 West First St. and forcing the mail slots open with a pry bar. They later fled in a silver SUV.

You can tell from the video that theyve done this before, said North Vancouver RCMP  Sgt. Peter DeVries. Theyre organized, completely disguised, and they work quickly.

Typically the brute force of stealing the mail is just a means to the more serious identity theft, particularly this time of year when tax forms are being delivered and may contain a treasure trove of sensitive information like an individuals full name, date of birth, social insurance number, signature, mothers maiden name and drivers licence number.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 or remain anonymous and deliver a tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.