Lac La Biche subcontracted Canada Post worker charged with mail theft
RCMP seize cellphones, laptops and military service medals that were allegedly stolen
Lac La Biche RCMP have charged a 62-year-old man with theft of mail after the subcontracted Canada Post worker allegedly stole numerous items including laptops and Military veteran paraphernalia.
Police said the man worked delivering mail from the Canada Post mail plant in Edmonton to numerous rural post offices in northern Alberta.
After a joint investigation with Canada Post inspectors, the RCMP executed a search warrant on the man's home in Lac La Biche and found 21 new cell phones; laptops; a tablet, military service medals; clothing; other consumer goods and storage containers owned by Canada Post.
RCMP Const. Chris Clark said the man was allegedly removing the items out of the sorting area.
"Parcels that were being shipped through that people had ordered online, and he was subsequently stealing them out of delivery bins at Canada Post," Clark said.
It's not clear if the man was reselling the items, police said.
Brian Sopel was arrested on Jan. 29 and charged theft of mail and possession of articles stolen from the mail.
He will make his first court appearance on March 3, 2014 in Lac La Biche Provincial Court.