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Police seek suspects tied to mail theft investigation

By: Staff Writer

Posted: 07/17/2018 11:40 AM

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Oakbank RCMP are looking for two individuals recently arrested in relation to a string of mail theft complaints.

Brady Laverdure, 29, and Ryan Fortescue, 44, were released from custody after being charged on June 29 for possession of property obtained by crime and uttering forged documents.

Since April, Oakbank RCMP have received more 200 complaints of stolen mail in the RM of Springfield, RM of St Clements, East St Paul, Selkirk.

Further investigation resulted in both being charged with nine counts of fraud under $5,000, after police say the pair used false addresses to receive employment and income assistance. Police allege the two individuals forged their names onto cheques stolen from mailboxes, then cashed those cheques.

Police have now turned to the public to locate the pair after both failed to comply with their court orders. Laverdure, police said in a release, is also wanted for obstruction of justice.

Anyone with information can contact Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3847 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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