Local Post Office Closes Mailboxes on Sundays After Break-Ins

The La Cañada Flintridge post office is closing access to its lobby mailboxes on Sundays after about 60 P.O. boxes were broken into some weeks ago.
It is not clear what was in the mailboxes, which were broken into twice between April 7 and 9, according to Sgt. Ed Retamoza of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. He said that no one has reached out to the station about their stolen mail there, and that detectives currently do not know who committed the crime.
To prevent additional thefts, the post office lobby, which is typically left open on weekends to allow patrons to access mailboxes, will be locked all day on Sundays only. According to its website, post office boxes in the lobby are open 24 hours a day the rest of the week.
Retamoza said there have been no additional incidents reported at the LCF post office, located on Foothill Boulevard, since early April. However, there was another theft at the Montrose post office on April 21, with about 30 mailboxes broken into. Retamoza said law enforcement does not know whether the two incidents are related, or whether government aid checks were being targeted by the thefts.
The investigation is being handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service, which encouraged patrons to report mail theft online at uspis.gov or by calling the service at (877) 876-2455.

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