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Sacramento police seek to identify man suspected of mail theft

Sacramento police ask the community’s help in identifying a man sought in connection with several mail thefts in the 3100 block of Callecita Street in the Hagginwood area.

About 10 p.m. Sept. 24, a man was shown on surveillance video removing mail from multiple mailboxes on Callecita Street, according to a Police Department news release. About 7:29 p.m. Nov. 14, the same man was recorded on video removing items from the same mailboxes in the area. The video shows the man riding a bicycle up to the mailboxes, removing the contents, then leaving on the bike.

The man is described as black, with a dark mustache, short hair and a receding hairline, and wearing a light-colored jacket. On one occasion, he was observed wearing a light-colored baseball cap with a dark-colored bill. The bicycle has a single reflector on the rear wheel.

Police say an increase in mail thefts has been reported in the region. They offer several tips to help residents avoid becoming victims:

▪ Do not leave mail in the mailbox overnight. Collect it as soon as possible.

▪ Drop outgoing mail off at the post office or in a secure post office mailbox.

▪ Do not send cash in the mail.

▪ Get a lockable box, available at home improvement stores, or have mail delivered to a post office box.

▪ Advise the post office when you will be out of town and have mail held until you return.

▪ Report all suspected mail theft to the regional postal inspector at 877-876-2455.

Anyone with information pertaining to the mail thefts on Callecita Street is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy