Philatelic crime: Police seek owner of stolen stamps, hockey cards

Edmonton police are searching for the rightful owner of a collection of stamps and hockey cards stolen from locals mailboxes and underground parking garages.

On March 20, 2016, officers of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) west division responded to a report of recovered stolen property in the area of 179 Street and 96 Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered a variety of items, including mail, identity documents, cheques and firearms. More than 100 complainants of items being stolen from mailboxes and underground parking garages were called into police.

Among the items were a stamp collection and a “large quantity” of sports cards, according to police. Photos of these items are now posted on the EPS Pinterest page in hopes the original owners will come forward and claim them.

The stamps were stored in a purple Premier World Stamp album.

Police are also seeking the rightful owner of this collection of hockey cards.

Aaron Bye, 24, was charged with possession of undelivered mail, possession of identity documents, possession of stolen credit cards and possession of stolen property.

Anyone who has information about stolen property is asked to contact the EPS at 1-780-423-4567. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at


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