UPDATE April 2, 4:30 p.m.:
Some sentimental items stolen from a local mailbox have found their way back to the rightful owners.
A woman living in the BX had been waiting for a package from her mother in Florida. But when the mail was checked March 31 it was discovered that the Canada Post boxes had been tampered with and her package was gone.
But just a few days later she got a surprise as the package was found and retrurned by a Good Samaritan.
“The sentimental items were obviously of no value to the thieves,” said the woman’s mother-in-law.
The items, which were stolen from the Baker Hogg Road mailbox, were found near Briggs Road.
Kaylee Bannister, of Ace of Fades barber shop, found the items in the same area that another mailbox was broken into, near Ploeger Road.
ORIGINAL, April 2, 12: p.m.:
With online orders peaking, some thieves are taking advantage of the situation.
Several mailboxes were broken into in the BX area near Vernon sometime between Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.
Canada Post and RCMP confirmed two reports, one on Baker Hogg Road and another on Ploeger Road.
“We are not aware of anything being stolen and no suspects have been identified,” said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Corp. Tania Finn.
But one area resident says a couple parcels were stolen.
“My daughter-in-law got a personal gift from her mom in Florida. (My son) had some stuff from Amazon, that will be covered though,” said the BX mom, who is also worried about personal mail being taken.
“The whole box was opened, they (thieves) look for the parcel keys to open the separate compartments for bigger items of value. Supposedly no small envelope mail was stolen. But I think that would be a treasure trove with personal information in there, who wouldn’t take that opportunity?”
Another resident noticed that the parcel slots were open on a mailbox on L&A Road on Tuesday, March 31.
Anyone who has seen the boxes open can call the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-545-7171 to report the details.