16 people face over 140 charges following investigation into alleged mail theft

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Peel police say 16 people are facing over 140 charges following an investigation into alleged mail theft.

Police said the investigation initially began as an inquiry into mail theft this past winter. As investigators looked at the reports — over 100 — police said they noticed links to certain Brampton residents.

By May, the investigation team expanded to include Canada Post, Halton Regional Police, the OPP and financial institutions, police said.

“Investigators learned that the accused parties would allegedly steal mail by breaking into Canada Post mailboxes or individual roadside residential mailboxes targeting cheques, credit cards, and identification documents,” police said in a news release Monday. “The accused would then allegedly alter and deposit the stolen cheques into various banks before withdrawing the funds fraudulently.

The charges range from various mail theft to identity theft charges, to forgery and possession of credit card data. Other charges listed include possession of controlled substances, breach of court orders, robbery and possession of stolen property. Traffic-related charges were also laid, along with fraud, and other property-related offences.

Investigators added they are still pursuing the case, and anticipate more charges as the investigation unfolds City News reports | Read More