On November 23, the Wainwright RCMP, the Eastern Alberta District (EAD) Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), along with Postal Inspectors from Canada Post executed a search warrant in the evening for a residence and vehicle belonging to a Canada Post employee.

"A significant seizure of stolen property in excess of 500 deliverable items was recovered. The deliverable parcels have been returned to Canada Post for continuation in the delivery process to their intended destination," RCMP press releases stated.

The individual, an employee of Canada Post from Wainwright, was subsequently arrested and released with undertaking and conditions to appear in Wainwright Provincial Court on January 5, 2023. Criminal code charges have not been laid before the provincial court at this time. 

Police and Canada Post advised that residents should always pick up one's mail every day and as soon as possible after it has been delivered, as well as avoid mailing cash, prepaid credit cards or gift cards.

"If you're planning a holiday or are unable to retrieve your mail, have someone pick up your mail for you or use Canada Post's Hold Mail service. Deposit your outgoing mail close to the scheduled pickup time posted on the mailbox."

The RCMP stated that they are continuing to work closely with Canada Post and other police agencies in this matter.

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