Theft and Family Dispute

On July 29, 2019, police were called to a residence for a report that a family member was withholding mail that belonged to another family member. It was reported that the mail was being withheld by the subject because the reporting person had owed the subject money. The subject was educated that it is a crime to withhold mail from the name bearer even if money was owed.

Section 356(1) of The Criminal Code of Canada states: Everyone commits an offence who (a) steals (i) anything sent by post, after it is deposited at a post office and before it is delivered, or after it is delivered but before it is in the possession of the addressee or of a person who may reasonably be considered to be authorized by the addressee to receive mail, (ii) a bag, sack or other container or covering in which mail is conveyed, whether or not it contains mail, or (iii) a key suited to a lock adopted for use by the Canada Post Corporation; (a.1) with intent to commit an offence under paragraph (a), makes, possesses or uses a copy of a key suited to a lock adopted for use by the Canada Post Corporation, or a key suited to obtaining access to a receptacle or device provided for the receipt of mail; (b) has in their possession anything that they know has been used to commit an offence under paragraph (a) or (a.1) or anything in respect of which they know that such an offence has been committed; or (c) fraudulently redirects, or causes to be redirected, anything sent by post.

The mail was returned to its rightful owner. Advice was given that any money owed between the two family members could be pursued in civil court.