Keep your eyes open, collect your mail from unsecured mailboxes as soon as possible after it’s delivered, and if you see something that seems wrong or out of place, call the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550.
That’s the advice Tuesday, Aug. 11, from Cambria Postmaster Brian Machado, after a midmorning mail-theft incident the day before, as reported by residents in the Leimert neighborhood.
That area’s beauty, with wooded lots and estate homes set back from the road, provides effective screening for mail theft, especially when unlocked mailboxes are set at the road’s edge.
Machado said area residents reported seeing “a black sedan with a boombox, going through the neighborhood.”
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Mail reportedly was removed from mailboxes, opened and then dumped in the woods, where it was found later by a passerby, who turned it in.
Machado said he reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and postal inspectors, but “that’s about all I can do.”
It’s not the first time for mail theft in Cambria, he said, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last.
He advised residents to get their mail promptly, do regular and careful checks on their credit reports and bank statements — all the actions they’d take to check for identity theft.
And, if their deliveries currently go to an unsecured rural-style mailbox, maybe they should consider getting one that locks.