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Mailbox thieves target Shingle Springs and Cameron Park
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CAMERON PARK, CA - U.S. Postal Inspectors are investigating a series of mail thefts involving neighborhood parcel lockers in Shingle Springs and Cameron Park.

Brad Getter had a parcel stolen from the mailbox cluster at his apartment complex and contacted News10 after his local postmaster told him the same thing had happened to a number of other people in the area.

All of the thefts involve parcel lockers that are co-located with neighborhood delivery collection boxes, said U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch.

Fitch said there's a known security issue with the aluminum lockers and the postal service was working to upgrade all of them throughout the Sacramento region.

Getter wishes he had known about the potential problem before having the parcel shipped to his apartment by U.S. mail.

"At Christmastime if something like this is commonplace, then quit using these things," Getter suggested.

But Fitch said postal customers can protect themselves by having parcels shipped with a signature required.  He also suggested insuring any packages of substantial value.

The penalty for mail theft ranges up to five years in federal prison.

Fitch said mail theft should be reported to the United States Postal Inspection Service at  1 (877) 876-2455.  He also recommended victims file a report with their local police agency.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

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