Langley RCMP announced this morning that approximately 8,000 to 10,000 pieces of stolen mail were recovered from a storage locker in February.
According to the RCMP’s statement, the mail was found by the owner of the storage locker in a Langley apartment complex. He reported the strange discovery to police who later had selected mail items examined by Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Services.
Forensic discovery identified a 36 year-old Langley woman and tenant of the apartment, Sarah Lea Arnet, linked to the mail.
Police later obtained a search warrant for Arnet’s apartment where they found an additional 6,000 pieces of stolen mail, identity cards, credit cards, computers, cell phones and data storage devices.
The mail belonged to people from all over Metro Vancouver and the interior of British Columbia.
Arnet has been in custody since February where she is charged with one count of identity theft. She will be present in Surrey Provincial Court on Thursday, March 12.
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.
Vancity Buzz reported in June 2014 that Metro Vancouver was named the mail-theft capital of Canada with 250 break-ins in Langley alone. It remains unknown whether Arnet was responsible for any of those occurrences.