Toronto police are investigating after several alleged thefts from mailboxes in the Greater Toronto Area and across southern Ontario.
Toronto Police said thieves broke into Canada Post mailboxes and stole cheques, credit cards, identity documents and other valuables over a period of several months, according to a release issued on Jan. 19.
Officers said stolen documents like this can be used to commit identity theft and other fraud.
Police said the Financial Crimes Mass Marketing Section joined postal inspectors from Canada Post Security & Investigation Services helped to investigate the series of thefts.
On Jan. 11, officers executed a search warrant at a Toronto residence and arrested three men connected to the break-ins.
Police said they seized a large quantity of stolen mail, including financial documents and government issued identity documents as well as tools used to break into the Canada Post mailboxes.
Toronto residents Krisztian Algacs, 32, Miklos Budai, 34, and Zoltan Organa, 31, hare each facing charges of theft of mail, mischief under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
All three suspects are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Feb. 27.
Police said the Ministry of Finance and the Canadian Border Service Agency are also assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).