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Maple Ridge man arrested for community mailbox theft

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 14, 2015 11:28 pm

The Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment says it has arrested a 32-year-old male for stealing mail.

The arrest of Shawn Gillam on January 9 was made following a joint investigation between members of Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit and Canada Post’s Postal Inspectors.

Officials allege Gillam attained access to a community mail box in the Tamarack subdivision and stole its contents in late-December 2014. According to police, this was far from being his first offence.

Mr. Gillam is very well known to Ridge Meadows RCMP as a dangerous prolific offender,” said Corporal Alanna Dunlop in a released statement. “He has numerous convictions for both violent crimes against persons and property related crime, including a 2012 conviction for mail theft. He is a threat to overall public safety when he’s not in custody.

Mail theft has continued to be a priority with Ridge Meadows RCMP. Police want citizens to protect themselves from being a victim by picking up their mail every day, and to call police if it appears someone is tampering with a community mail box.

Gillam made his first court appearance on Monday and he was remanded in custody.

Under Section 356 of the Criminal Code of Canada, mail theft is considered a serious offence and is punishable to a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

 

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