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Sacramento police ask help identifying suspected mail thief

A woman suspected of stealing mail is shown in a surveillance photo approaching the victim’s porch.
A woman suspected of stealing mail is shown in a surveillance photo approaching the victim’s porch. Surveillance photo provided by Sacramento Police Department

Sacramento police are asking the community's help in identifying a suspected mail thief.

The theft occurred about 1:52 p.m. March 8 in the 4000 block of 69th Street. A woman arrived in a white four-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry, with black rims on the driver’s side, according to a Police Department news release. The woman, whose image was captured in a surveillance photo, got out of the vehicle and walked to the porch of the residence where she took mail that was awaiting pick-up by a mail carrier. The woman then returned to the vehicle and left the area, police said.

The woman was described as white, with a heavy build, long brown hair and glasses. She was seen wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt with a hood.

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of mail theft, police advise residents:

  • 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 mailbox, available a 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 your return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to the regional postal inspector at 877-876-2455.

Anyone with information regarding the March 8 theft is asked to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime alert at 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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