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Mailbox theft on the upswing: Postal authorities peg drug users as culprits

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Mailbox thefts are on the upswing particularly in central California. The influx of mailbox theft is due to drug seekers looking for checks, money, credit cards or prescription drugs that come in the mail, according to UPI.com on Jan. 16.

Thefts are also looking to steal identities which eventually leads to them getting their hands on money to purchase the illegal drugs. Meth, is the drug that the feds believe is the main culprit for the mailbox thefts.

On Wednesday U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said that 2,100 victims are out $400,000 because of these thefts, in central California. While thefts go on all over the nation, there’s a concentration of these crimes in the central area of California.

“Operation Broken Mailbox” is out to stop these thefts and so far they’ve snagged 21 people and tagged them with federal indictments. Wagner also reports that another six people were charged in Sacramento and Kern County.

Deputy chief postal inspector for the western field operations, Gregory Campbell Jr., summed the problem up in one short sentence. “Where there’s meth, there’s mail.” Apparently other people’s mail is found around the places people are known to buy and do meth.

A mailbox can be like a treasure chest for someone looking for money. From credit cards and checks to prescription pills, the mail delivers a lot of stuff that can be used to obtain cash. If all fails there may be enough info in the mailbox for the criminal to apply for credit cards in your name.

The nation's obsessed with unbreakable locks, security systems and surveillance cameras for the home to keep out the criminal element. Yet most mailboxes are easily accessible with just a pull of a door and inside that tin container might be something more valuable than anything inside your home, like enough information for someone to steal your identity.

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