Massive Mail Theft Discovered in Langley, B.C.

23 April 2015

The B.C. metro area has been struggling with mail theft for years, causing it to receive the dubious honor of the “Mail Theft Capital of Canada” title from Canada Post. Theft from the new community “superboxes” are rampant, and in 2014 there were more than 250 break-ins in Langley, B.C.

Now, police may have discovered where some of that stolen mail has been going. Sarah Lea Arnet, 36, has been charged with identity theft after a staggering 15,000 pieces of stolen mail were found in her Langley apartment and a storage locker at her apartment complex.

The owner of the locker called police last month when they discovered about 10,000 pieces of mail in the locker. After an analysis of DNA evidence found on the scene, Arnet was linked to the locker, and the ensuing search of her apartment yielded about 6,000 more pieces of mail. They were addressed to people across the entire Lower Mainland and the interior of British Columbia, according to RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks, and have been given back to Canada Post for proper delivery.

The apartment also contained a hoard of stolen cell phones, identity cards, credit cards and data storage devices.

Mail thieves can get access to some of your most personal information and use it to commit identity theft or credit card fraud. Superintendent Murray Power of the Langley police encouraged residents to pick up their mail daily.

“We need everyone to collect your mail daily,” he said in a press release. “If it is not there, it cannot be stolen.”

If you think you might be vulnerable to mail theft, consider subscribing to a credit monitoring service so that you will be alerted to certain types of activity on your accounts.