Thursday, June 02, 2016

Aaron Rene Laflam - Theft of Mail Charges Laid

Theft from Canada Post mail boxes

A 39 year male has been arrested and is in police custody after a joint investigation between Canada Post investigators and Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit involving thefts from community mail boxes throughout Nanaimo and surrounding areas.

Aaron Rene LAFLAM has been charged with 3 counts of Theft of Mail, Possession of Stolen Property and Mischief in relation to damaging community mail boxes.  He appeared before a Nanaimo Provincial court judge on Monday May 30th and has been remanded into custody to await his next court appearance.

 In recent months the Nanaimo RCMP has been investigating a string of thefts from community mail boxes throughout Nanaimo, including several recent thefts from mail boxes in the Town of Lantzville. To address this community issue, the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit partnered with investigators from Canada Post to assist in identify the areas being targeted and to focus their combined efforts on possible suspects.

On May 26, search warrants were granted to search a home and vehicle in the 500 block of Townsite Rd. Found were dozens of pieces of stolen mail from many different addresses. A variety of break in tools were also located including laptops and other electronics which are believed to be stolen.

 Colin Haime, Mayor of Lantzville says ” Lantzville residents greatly appreciate this coordinated action between the RCMP Nanaimo Street Crimes Unit and Canada Post. Theft from community mail boxes and the related potential for identify theft are ongoing concerns. The quick results of this investigation put thieves on notice that such actions will not be tolerated in our community".

The Nanaimo RCMP and Canada Post wishes to remind the public, to never send cash in the mail and if you go away contact Canada Post to hold delivery until you return.

This is a community issue and affects us all. If anyone is seen in the vicinity of these mail boxes acting suspiciously, report it immediately to the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line ”, says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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