Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged two individuals in connection with an ongoing investigation into recent incidents of mail theft.
On Thursday, July 7, 2022 police arrested a female in connection with a theft from community mailboxes July 4, 2022 in an apartment building in the 600 block of Columbia Boulevard West. That incident is still under investigation and further charges may be pending.
Erzsebet Catharine Pesti, 21, of Lethbridge, has been charged with: 10 counts of possession of a stolen credit card; six counts of possession of stolen mail; five counts of possession of stolen identity documents; four counts of break and enter; two counts of possession of stolen property; and resisting arrest. She was released from custody with a scheduled court appearance of Aug. 5, 2022.
On July 5, 2022 police arrested a male in connection with a theft from a locked mail box at a business in the 1200 block of 3 Avenue South on June 25, 2022.
Benjamin Howard Starr, 51, of Lethbridge, was charged with theft of mail and mischief under $5,000. He was released from custody with a scheduled court appearance of Aug. 23, 2022.
The Property Crimes Unit is investigating the recent increase in mail theft, with a total of 19 thefts from community mail boxes between May and July 6, 2022. While the incidents have occurred across the city, the hardest hit subdivisions over that span were Uplands and Varsity Village.
To help protect themselves from mail theft, Canada Post advises residents to collect their mail daily and use the ‘hold mail’ service to suspend delivery if they’re planning to be away from their residence. For more information on mail security from Canada Post, including who to call if your mail has been stolen or you see a vandalized street mailbox, visit here.
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