TORONTO - Two people face more than 200 charges of mail theft after a Canada Post employee alerted police.

The employee called police on Tuesday after witnessing the theft of mail from boxes in the Richmond Hill area.

When officers approached a suspect vehicle, they saw a man trying to stuff letters under the seat and into a knapsack.

Police say they seized numerous cheques and other pieces of mail from addresses in York Region, Toronto and Mississauga.

Both 39-year-old Nino Sokola of Toronto and 57-year-old Olga Antic of Courtice face 201 charges of mail theft, seven counts of possession of stolen property, and other charges.

The two are to appear in a Newmarket court on Jan. 8, 2010.