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Mailbox thieves working in Greenwich: cops

November 15, 2018

GREENWICH — At least one mailbox in Greenwich was broken into, and authorities say it might not have been an isolated incident.

A mailbox on Arcadia Road in Old Greenwich was found to have been damaged Thursday morning.

“The door was opened and entry was gained. At this time we don’t know if mail was taken,” said police Lt. John Slusarz.

Police also received an initial report that a mailbox in Cos Cob was also targeted by a thief or thieves. Specifics were not immediately available in that incident.

Police are advising residents and businesses who use the Arcadia Road mailbox in Old Greenwich, or one in Cos Cob, to make sure any letters they sent out were properly delivered.

Mailbox thieves appear to be targeting letters containing gift cards and checks. “It’s not unusual at this time of year to see a rise in mailbox thefts,” Slusarz said.

Personal identity and financial records can also be a target of thieves. A number of significant mailbox-thefts have been reported around the region this year, tied in with identity theft. Postal authorities have been fortifying mailboxes, and upgrading other security measures, in areas where mailbox thefts have occurred.

In Stamford in April, thieves were using sticky paper and a string to steal mail from a box on Summer Street. Checks were taken from the mail pile, manipulated, then cashed. The city of Hamden also experienced a rash of break-ins this year.

Mailbox break-ins have also been reported in significant numbers in southern Westchester County, N.Y., northern New Jersey and Queens, N.Y.

The local case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; it is not within the town police’s jurisdiction.

Information on mail theft, and a form to submit a complaint about stolen mail, is available at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

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