Co­quit­lam RCMP and Canada Post team up to Ar­rest AL­LEGED pro­lific OF­FENDER

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Co­quit­lam: A 49-yearold Sur­rey man, and a 40-year-old Sur­rey woman, are fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges af­ter a com­bined Canada Post-co­quit­lam RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged pro­lific mail thieves that have been work­ing the area for months.

Heine Hut, who is well­known to po­lice and Canada Post, is cur­rent- ly fac­ing the fol­low­ing charges:

• 2 counts of theft of mail, • 1 count of un­law­ful use of a mail key,

• 1 count of pos­ses­sion of stolen mail,

• 2 counts of pos­ses­sion of a stolen credit card. Char­lene Saar, who was ar­rested with Hut at his res­i­dence in Sur­rey, is fac­ing:

• 1 count of theft of mail, • 1 count of pos­ses­sion of stolen mail,

• 1 count of un­law­ful use of a mail key,

• 2 counts of a pos­ses­sion of a stolen credit card. This was an ef­fec­tive in­ter­a­gency project and Cana­dian Postal In­spec- tors pro­vided cru­cial ex- per­tise, says Cor­po­ral Michael Mclaugh­lin with Co­quit­lam RCMP. Once a pri­mary sus­pect was iden­ti­fied, the Co­quit­lam RCMP Pro­lific Tar­get Team made the ar­rests and then used search war­rants to gather a large amount of ev­i­dence. The sus­pects are be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for a large num­ber of iden­tity and mail theft over an ex­tended pe­riod. Mail theft is a com­mon com­plaint, but here are some tips from postal in­spec­tors and law en­force­ment to help se­cure your mail and pro­tect your iden­tity:

• Col­lect your mail daily, • If you’ll be away, use Canada Post’s Hold Mail ser­vice to sus­pend de­liv­ery un­til you re­turn, • When you move, file a change of ad­dress with Canada Post and ad­vise your banks and other com­pa­nies.

If you have con­cerns about your mail, or if you be­lieve any mail has not been de­liv­ered, con­tact your mail­ers to en­sure they have your cor­rect mail­ing ad­dress, re­port it to Canada Post Cus­tomer Ser­vice, 1-800267-1177, and re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties to lo­cal po­lice.

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