Pitt Meadows mail boxes targeted now

Like the midway game Whack-a-mole, the mail thieves in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows keep popping up ...

  • May. 5, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Like the midway game Whack-a-mole, the mail thieves in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows keep popping up all over the place. No sooner than one is smacked down by police or Canada Post and another pops up somewhere else.

The latest area to be hit was last Thursday in the Highland Park area of Pitt Meadows, near 124th Avenue and 188A Street.

Someone pried open the bottom of the old-style community mail box, which included Anne Ostling’s address.

She’s not sure what she lost but credits the thieves with having a good work ethic by getting up in the morning. She checked the mailbox at 7:30 a.m. and it was secure, then came from walking her dog just before 8 a.m. to find it broken into.

Canada Post since wrapped the box in cellophane to keep people from using the mailboxes.

She’s worried about bank and credit cards that are sent out ready for use without being activated.

“With the new touch technology, the thief could be shopping, or creating an identity of me from my unknown mail contents,” she added in an e-mail.

She wants the new style of community mailboxes installed as soon as possible.

“It’s such an easy fix, get a new mailbox done.”

Ostling talked to Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Randy Kamp, but was told to call Canada Post.

“Randy Kamp has to do something. This is ridiculous. He’s got to lean on Canada Post. It’s his responsibility.”

Mitchell Funhouser reported the same thing in the same part of Pitt Meadows on Facebook and notes most of the community mailboxes in the area have been replaced with the more secure models.

Ridge Meadows RCMP say that so far this year, up to April 19, there have been 70 reports of damage to mail boxes, mostly from the rural, eastern part of Maple Ridge. That’s 27 more than for the same period last year, said civilian media spokesperson Dan Herbranson.


Just Posted

Flames lose at home, win in Mission

Host Kodiaks on Friday night

Weavers and spinners to kick off holiday shopping

The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners’ 38th annual exhibit and sale takes place Nov. 25

Strong support for Pitt Meadows transportation projects

Overpass/underpass projects get majority support

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead in Maple Ridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Ridge Meadows Hospital parking is still pay, but streets free

Surrey has removed meters on streets, asking Fraser Health for free parking at the hospital

UPDATE: IHIT confirms identity of Hells Angels homicide victim

Chad John Wilson was one of four men arrested in Spain in 2013 on allegations of smuggling cocaine.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

Most Read