Coquitlam and Ridge Meadows RCMP collar mail theft suspect

Brandon Russell Cumming-Hobson was arrested Thursday in a Coquitlam hotel.

  • Apr. 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Brandon Russell Cumming-Hobson.

Mounties have found a 21-year-old man suspected in a string of mail thefts in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Brandon Russell Cumming-Hobson was arrested Thursday at about 11:30 p.m. in a Coquitlam hotel on five outstanding arrest warrants.

“Mr. Cumming-Hobson was one of our main suspects in a number of mail thefts,” said Insp. Dave Fleugel.

“Ridge Meadows RCMP made him one of our top priorities, but we suspected that he quickly left our community and went into hiding, once arrest warrants were issued for him.”

From January to March, 44 community mailboxes in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge were broken into, compared to just seven in the same period last year. About half of the break-ins took place in Pitt Meadows.

Ridge Meadows and Coquitlam RCMP worked together, with support from the Integrated Emergency Response Team. Cumming-Hobson was to have appeared in court on Friday.

RCMP won’t say exactly how many thefts Cumming-Hobson is accused of, but he is already facing several identity theft and impersonation charges for a series of similar crimes in Delta and Port Coquitlam.

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