A local contractor who transports mail for Canada Post is calling for better security at the Regina post office after his van was stolen with him still inside it.
A driver and supervisor for Shiva Transport, Baljinder Singh transports mail from Canada Post’s main office to smaller towns outside Regina.
He was standing in the back of his one-ton cube van loading mail early Tuesday morning when all of a sudden the engine started.
Canada Post dispatcher Angus Livingstone was handing off packages to Singh when he heard the engine roar and saw the tail lights flick on.
“I assumed that his keys were in his pocket and he brushed them up against a parcel or something and had hit the command start,” said Livingstone. “I asked him, ‘Did you just start your truck?’ ”
Before Singh even had a chance to answer, the van sped away and he was sent tumbling over packages and out the back of the vehicle.
But when his jacket got caught on the back of the van, he said he was dragged for about 40 metres toward the exit of the lot before he came loose.
“It was a very bad day,” said Singh. “I’m good now, but I had some pain (Wednesday) in my left side.”
He credits the turban he was wearing at the time of the incident for protecting his head when he hit the pavement and his heavy jacket for protecting him as he was dragged.
“This had to be the ballsiest move that anybody could have done to walk up to a car that clearly is being loaded … and to just take it — on federal property no less. That’s insane,” said Livingstone.
He said it wasn’t until the van was out of the lot and speeding down Saskatchewan Drive that he realized what had happened and then his concern turned to Singh.
Singh said Tuesday’s incident scared him and although he’s doing well now, he’d like to see Canada Post amp up security to ensure something like it doesn’t happen again.
He said there are cameras in the lot where the loading docks are, but that’s not enough.
“They need some security in the exit or entrance of the yards so that nobody can easily come in or out from the yard,” said Singh, adding he takes some responsibility for the incident because he left his keys in the cupholder of the van while he was loading.
The Regina Police Service was notified of the incident on Wednesday morning and by about 7:30 a.m. got word that the van had been recovered by White Butte RCMP who arrested and charged a male suspect for possession of the stolen vehicle and obstructing a peace officer.