Mailbox thefts occurring at numerous locations in Red Deer this week

Thieves are blitzing areas of Red Deer, stealing mail.

Thieves are blitzing areas of Red Deer, stealing mail.

Red Deer RCMP said Friday that mail theft sometimes spikes during the holiday season as the culprits break into mailboxes looking for money or cheques in Christmas cards.

RCMP are urging people to check their mail every day to lessen the risk of losing important pieces of mail. Anyone expecting a package delivery and who won’t be home all day, might consider asking a trusted neighbour to bring it in.

In the following cases, unknown amounts of mail have been stolen since Monday and most of the mailbox break-ins occurred at night.

Monday: On Oberlin Avenue, a package delivered by courier was stolen from outside a residence.

Tuesday: A free-standing neighbourhood mailbox on Jenning Crescent was broken into; and the underground parkade of an apartment building on 54th Street and 48th Avenue was broken into, as were the apartment mailboxes.

Wednesday: Apartment mailboxes were broken into and emptied at a building on Jordan Parkway.

Thursday: At least one mailbox was broken into and mail stolen at an apartment building on 62nd Avenue and 60th Street.

Friday: Community mailboxes at Northwood Estates on 76th Street were broken into overnight, and also several mailboxes on Kenning Crescent were broken into, probably overnight.

Anyone with information about the person or people responsible for these or other mail thefts is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.