Grande Prairie RCMP charge two males following mail theft

Grande Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie RCMP have charged two people with numerous offences, after receiving a report of a break and enter, and theft of mail.

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On Jan. 9, 2020, RCMP received a call from a resident, who reported an apartment building in the neighbourhood of South Avondale had been broken into. After gaining entry to the building, the suspects broke into mailboxes in the lobby.

RCMP then received a call from witnesses, who were able to identify the suspects after seeing surveillance photos that had been posted on social media. Further investigation led police to obtain a search warrant for the residence of the suspects.

As a result of the search, police recovered and seized numerous pieces of mail, vehicle registration documents, government identification, counterfeit American and Canadian currency, other various types of documents, and substances believed to be crystal methamphetamine. Police arrested the two suspects.

Austin Haynes (22) and Aaron Paul (24), of Grande Prairie, have both been charged with the following:

• Possession of stolen property x12

• Theft of mail

• Possession of counterfeit currency x2

• Break and enter

• Mischief

• Possession of a controlled substance

• Illegal possession of a government document

Haynes has additionally been charged with Fail to comply with a probation order, while Paul has been additionally charged with Fail to comply with a peace bond.

Both Haynes and Paul were released from custody following a Judicial Interim Release (JIR) hearing, with conditions which included no contact with each other.

Haynes and Paul are both scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial court on Jan. 29, 2020.

The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance with this investigation. The information provided to police by residents and witnesses played a crucial role in identifying the suspects and advancing the investigation.

If you have information regarding crime or suspicious activity, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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