Persistent postal pinching
PHOTOS BY MONIQUE BISSONNETTE
Within half an hour the morning of January 27, Your Local Journal was able find four community mailboxes between St. Lazare and Hudson that had numerous doors forced open and parts of broken locks found on the premises. Boxes near de Nice and du Bordelais Streets, Westwood and Hunt Streets, Côte Saint Charles and route Harwood, and Cambridge Street in Hudson Valleys. Social media users are reporting seeing mailboxes intact at 8:15 a.m. then broken into shortly afterwards.
Investigators at the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Beauharnois-Salaberry, and Haut-Saint-Laurent detachments are asking for the public’s help to help identify suspects who have been breaking into community mailboxes in order to steal packages. Since December 2015, dozens mailboxes have been broken into in Hudson, Vaudreuil-Dorion, St. Lazare, Rivière-Beaudette, and Rigaud, and further reported thefts in Salaberry de Valleyfield, Ste. Martine, Ormstown and Godmanchester. Police are asking anyone to report events in their communities that might arouse their suspicions. If unfamiliar cars are seen near the postal boxes, take note of the license plate, car make and model, colour, and any other significant details. All information can be reported to the Centre of criminal information at 1 800 659-4264