Residents in a North West Fresno neighborhood are feeling uneasy about mail theft. They say several mail boxes have been broken into more than once.
The quiet neighborhood is feeling on edge as more crime is reported. The most recent crime, mail theft.
Patsy Diaz said “I went last Tuesday to mail a letter and saw that the box had been broken into.”
Residents in the area said it was upsetting to find their mail had been taken from the cluster box. Eleven delivery slots left empty.
“Mail theft has been a big problem, they just pop those things open like it’s nothing,” Armen Majarian said.
And it’s not the first time, neighbors say several of the boxes have been broken into over the last few months. A USPS spokesperson said mail theft is on the rise.
“We are seeing an increase in mail theft in the Fresno area but we’re seeing an increase in mail thefts state wide in California,” Jeff Fitch said.
Armen Majarian has had his mail stolen three times “Credit cards, everything we can possibly imagine, was stolen.”
Neighbors say it’s an inconvenience to have to pick up their mail at the post office until this one is replaced but their biggest worry is identity theft.
“I’m sure some people get mail that has some of their important information, some people get checks. That’s just not appropriate, taking somebody’s property,” Diaz said.
Mail theft is a federal crime that USPS investigators handle. They ask for the crime to be reported to them every time, hoping to catch the criminals who could face up to five years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Neighbors hope the mailboxes are replaced with ones that are tougher to break.