07/30/2014 06:34 EDT | Updated 07/30/2014 06:59 EDT

CBSA Government Uniforms Spotted In Vancouver Dumpster

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The Canada Border Services Agency is investigating how a box of government uniforms got left in a dumpster, after they were discovered by a Vancouver blogger.

Stanley Q. Woodbine, a writer and graphic designer who is homeless, wrote about finding the navy blue shirts branded with CBSA patches behind an apartment building:

"Nice shirts — button-down collars, heavy-weight fabric — each with two large gusseted pockets. I think all of them had been worn, but they were all in great condition, so far as I could tell — and clean."

Uniforms and badges are issued to CBSA officers to use exclusively in their official duties, the agency said in a statement to Global News. Uniforms can be discarded only after all agency identification is removed, according to CBSA policy.

It's a crime to impersonate a peace officer.

Uniforms with CBSA identification remain the property of the Government of Canada,” the CBSA told CTV News.

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Border security expert Josh Labove told CTV the case is potentially embarrassing to the 11-year-old agency.

The CBSA contacted Woodvine, who wrote a follow-up blog: "Having it known the shirts ended up in public garbage where anyone could, and may have, grabbed them has the potential to erode the trust we have in all uniforms."

A CBSA spokesman said that the uniforms, which had no serial numbers, have not been recovered.

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