New Brunswick

Grinch strikes again, stealing Christmas presents from Miramichi community mailboxes

The Grinch has struck again in northern New Brunswick, stealing Christmas presents from community mailboxes in the Miramichi area.

Mailboxes in at least 7 communities on Acadian Peninsula targeted last week, said RCMP

Police say community mailboxes like these are being targeted by thieves looking for Christmas gifts. (CBC)

The Grinch has struck again in northern New Brunswick, this time, stealing Christmas presents from community mailboxes in the Miramichi area.

The Miramichi Police Force has responded to five incidents across the city over the past number of days, according to an advisory posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

"Once the doors to the boxes are pried open, the culprits are then stealing the contents, usually parcels, which are obviously more plentiful this time of year due to the holidays," it states.

On Monday, the Northeast District RCMP said it was investigating multiple mail thefts after someone forced open the community mailboxes in at least seven communities on the Acadian Peninsula overnight Dec. 11 and stole the parcels inside.

The targeted mailboxes were in Paquetville, Duguayville, Shippagan, Caraquet, Lamèque, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël and Pointe-Canot.

It's unclear if the cases are connected, but Miramichi police have been in contact with the RCMP. "This is occurring in other areas of the province as well," according to the Facebook post.

Police officials did not respond to a request for an interview.

Canada Post officials declined an interview, citing the ongoing investigations, but did email a short statement, saying it takes the security of mail "very seriously" and works closely with police on such cases.

Anyone who has not received an expected parcel should inform the sender, who can initiate a claim with Canada Post's customer service, a spokesperson said.

Customers concerned about identity fraud should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, the spokesperson added.

Watch for suspicious activity

Miramichi police are reminding the public to be vigilant. Anyone who sees anything suspicious, such as people hanging around a community mailbox, is encouraged to call police immediately.

RCMP are asking anyone with information about their investigation to contact them.

The Grinch is a fictional character from Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel's holiday classic children's book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The grumpy green Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," sets out to steal Christmas from the residents of Whoville on Christmas Eve, but has a change of heart when he hears them still celebrating without their presents on Christmas morning.