Security Alert: Watch Your Mailbox - NBC Bay Area

Security Alert: Watch Your Mailbox



    Dozens of people in the South Bay are demanding answers about their mail. Someone has been breaking into their community mailboxes and walking away with their letters, bills and possibly their identities. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012)

    Several mailboxes in unincorporated San Mateo County near Redwood City were forced open and their contents stolen between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, according to county emergency officials.

    The series of thefts occurred between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8  a.m. Thursday from mailboxes located at Skyline Boulevard and Bear Gulch Road  West, emergency officials said.

    The boxes were forced open with pry tools and locks were cut with bolt cutters to get to delivered mail, according to officials.

    Emergency officials said an inspector from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been assigned to investigate the rash of thefts and  will be working with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

    Anyone with information about the mail thefts is asked to email

    Residents are asked to report any suspicious vehicles or people breaking into mailboxes and to share a full description of suspects to San  Mateo County sheriff's dispatch at (650) 363-4911.

    Mail theft is often associated with check, credit card and identify theft. Stealing U.S. mail is a federal offense punishable by a  lengthy term in federal prison, according to officials.