String of mail thefts has police asking for public’s help
Canada post rural mailboxes. September 25, 2019. (Vista stock photo)
HUNTSVILLE, ON – Mail theft isn’t considered a petty crime and some criminals in Huntsville decided to take the risk.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have responded to multiple reports of rural mailboxes being broken into.
The first was reported on Monday where six out of nine compartments were pried open over the weekend and the contents were taken.
The incident happened on Muskoka Road 3 North, but police couldn’t say exactly when it happened or how many culprits are involved.
The second was reported on Tuesday where a mailbox was broken into on Lindgren Road West. Police couldn’t confirm if any mail was actually taken in that case.
Mail theft is a hybrid offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. That means it can be a summary conviction with a maximum of six months in prison and or a $5,000 fine. An indictment conviction comes with a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
OPP is seeking assistance from the public to find the culprits. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Huntsville OPP or Crime Stoppers.