LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police are warning residents about a rash of break-ins at United States Postal Services (USPS) drop boxes.
Law enforcement describes these thieves as bold and brazen as several of the boxes were actually broken into in front of post offices. Luckily, the drop box at the Wilkes-Barre Post Office was not targeted but investigators say they haven’t seen anything quite like this before.
“Well, it’s something that’s becoming a reality, it’s happening all over the place not just here in the state. It’s happening everywhere,” explained Chief Jeremy Blank of the Newport Township Police Department.
The most recent break-in took place in front of the Glen Lyon Post Office in Newport Township where there is a stain on the ground where the mailbox once stood.
Last Friday workers hauled away a damaged postal drop box that was broken into.
“At this point, they’re getting pretty much brazen and taking anything they can and trying to find different ways to get money they should not have,” said Chief Blank.
Eyewitness News asked, “Did they pry the big door open? How did they get in?”
“It looks like they pried the front door open and took the mail out,” Chief Blank responded.
Investigators say the thieves look for personal information to possibly steal a person’s identity or even checks that they alter and then cash.
“I’m going to make one suggestion, anybody and everybody should be walking the mail inside. Anytime you have something outside it can be broken into. Walking inside take the extra minute and put it in the slot inside the building,” Chief Blank added.
That’s what Dave from Newport Township always does. He still can’t believe the box right in front of the Glen Lyon Post Office was pried open.
“I think it’s bad. It’s sad I mean you know the post office has millions of dollars. They waste so much money and I don’t know why they’re not getting cameras installed at all the post offices,” said Dave, a Newport Township Resident.
People who use the drop boxes anywhere in the Wilkes-Barre area are being urged to keep an eye on their financial accounts for any suspicious activity.