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FBI investigates theft of Valley mailboxes

July 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Big blue mailboxes have been yanked right off their bolts at several post offices. Now investigators are trying to figure out who is taking them and why.

A U.S. Post Office in Glendale has been hit twice. But the string of mailbox thefts stretches across the Southland. Postal customers are concerned about identity theft.

It's a trend that postal inspectors want to end.

A dozen of the 200-pound blue mailboxes have been stolen since June in Southern California, four of them in one week between June 24 through July 2.

In that week, thieves stole two from the Glendale facility on San Fernando Road. One was stolen from a post office in Burbank and one more was lifted from a facility in Pacoima.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, they're reviewing security video from the post offices that were hit. So far, no arrests.

"Postal inspectors are investigating. However, we have not connected all of the thefts. We don't know if it's one crew, or more than one crew. But it is a priority investigation and we are following up on leads that we've received," said U.S. Postal Inspector Renee Focht.

Postal inspectors are asking for your help in identifying the thieves.

"We encourage the public to put their letters into the box prior to the last collection, because we are finding that the thefts are occurring at night and also over the weekend," said Focht.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

If you have information about the thefts, contact the U.S. Postal Service at (877) 876-2455.

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