The United States Postal Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or group of people who broke into a mail truck earlier this month and stole a mailbag while a postal worker was delivering mail in Willow Glen. See related PEN video news
8/3/17 – The U.S. Postal Service is urging Willow Glen residents to keep a close eye on their credit card and bank statements after two mail trucks in the neighborhood were broken into several weeks ago.
The break-ins happened July 11 and 12 around Lincoln and Michigan avenues, according to postal inspector Jeff Fitch. Two mailbags filled with residents’ mail were removed from the locked postal trucks “when carriers were actually in the neighborhood delivering mail,” he said.
It’s not known whether the thief was operating alone or as part of a group, or what the motive was, but Fitch said, “These are federal crimes that are being investigated.
“Some individuals are more sophisticated than others,” Fitch added. “We have some groups looking for attractive items like checks and credit cards. Others are more sophisticated and are looking to commit other crimes later on.”
Hundreds of residents have already received letters warning them about the thefts.
“We’ve sent out letters to approximately 350 residences in the neighborhood letting them know that mail was taken,” Fitch said. “That’s not to say everybody had mail taken, but there were a range of addresses affected.” Read more at Mercury News
PEN Editor: Mail theft is rampant all across the nation…especially via USPS cluster boxes, but California residents seem to experience a HUGE amount of mail theft – check out PEN’s blog on California mail theft.