Alleged mail thief charged

RCMP put a watch on a prolific offender, and on Nov. 23, arrested him in Langley on mail theft related charges

An alleged prolific mail thief has been arrested and charged, prompting a warning from police about Christmas mailing.

Last week, Mounties began an investigation of a known property crime offender who was recently released on mail theft charges. On Nov. 23, RCMP arrested the suspect at a home in the 20100 block of Fraser Highway in Langley, after he allegedly committed numerous mail thefts in that city.

A subsequent search revealed several pieces of stolen mail and break and enter tools.

Tyler Barta, a 30 year old from Langley, has now been charged with mail theft, possessing a break-in instrument, and breach of recognizance.

He is believed to be associated to another prolific offender that Surrey RCMP recently arrested and charged for theft of mail and stolen property last month.

“Both of these individuals were priority targets for our Property Crime Target Team and should have a positive impact on our property crime,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Their arrests should also serve as a reminder to residents to take the necessary precautions, especially during the holiday season, and check your mail frequently.”

If you plan on being away over the holidays consider putting your mail on hold. Never send cash in the mail, only money orders, and deposit any mail containing sensitive or financial information at your local post office. Report any suspicious activity to police and if you see an overturned or vandalized mailbox contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.

Anyone with information regarding these offences is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.