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Postal inspectors seek SCV mail thieves

$10K reward for information leading to arrests

Posted: May 5, 2010 3:37 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2010 4:21 p.m.
 
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service requests the public's assistance in identifying the persons responsible for mail thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the thefts.

Anyone having information about the attacks is urged to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455. Mail theft is a federal crime and offenders may be imprisoned up to five years, or fined, or both.

U.S. Postal Inspectors also ask the public to report suspicious persons or incidents around Post Offices or mailboxes by calling the U.S. Postal Inspection Service-National Law Enforcement Communication Center (NLECC) at (877) 876-2455 and selecting option 2. Postal inspectors are on duty 24/7.

Do not approach suspicious individuals. Instead, note the physical description of the individual(s) and/or vehicle. If members of the public witness a postal crime in progress, please call local police followed by a call to postal inspectors.

Customers who are missing mail are encouraged to submit a Mail Theft Complaint online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or by calling (877) 876-2455.

U.S. Postal Inspectors suggest the following tips to help keep your mail safe:

* Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.

* Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery.

* Place your mail on vacation-hold at your local post office while you're away.

* Deposit mail at your local post office, hand it to your letter carrier or deposit mail in a postal service collection box before the last collection time.

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