Mail truck thieves stole mail, keys

By Jim Holt

Last update: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

U.S Postal Service officials are learning more about thieves who stole two mail trucks in Acton Monday and finding evidence of a much larger crime.

They learned later that the thieves stole and mailbox keys, but not until the ransacked the post office.

The five sets of key rings with master keys were for the rural community’s mail boxes, according to a report by ABC Eyewitness news.

“We had two vehicles stolen, but they were empty,” Stacie Crane, spokeswoman for the US Postal Inspection Service, said Monday.  “And, we did recover them.”

Deputies with the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station began pursuing the trucks once they were spotted, Crane said.

They found both trucks abandoned, one of them abandoned following a minor traffic collision.

Once recovered, postal officials began looking at all the evidence.

“The trucks were empty when parked by postal employees at the back of the Post Office,” Crane said Tuesday.

“It turns out that the suspects took mail from the post office and placed it in one of the trucks.  This mail was recovered,” she said.

Crane said thieves had ransacked the post office and had taken master keys.

The burglary comes on the heels of several seasonal thefts relating to stolen mail, packages stolen from doorsteps, vandalized mailboxes and stolen identities.

 

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

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Mail truck thieves stole mail, keys

U.S Postal Service officials are learning more about thieves who stole two mail trucks in Acton Monday and finding evidence of a much larger crime.

They learned later that the thieves stole and mailbox keys, but not until the ransacked the post office.

The five sets of key rings with master keys were for the rural community’s mail boxes, according to a report by ABC Eyewitness news.

“We had two vehicles stolen, but they were empty,” Stacie Crane, spokeswoman for the US Postal Inspection Service, said Monday.  “And, we did recover them.”

Deputies with the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station began pursuing the trucks once they were spotted, Crane said.

They found both trucks abandoned, one of them abandoned following a minor traffic collision.

Once recovered, postal officials began looking at all the evidence.

“The trucks were empty when parked by postal employees at the back of the Post Office,” Crane said Tuesday.

“It turns out that the suspects took mail from the post office and placed it in one of the trucks.  This mail was recovered,” she said.

Crane said thieves had ransacked the post office and had taken master keys.

The burglary comes on the heels of several seasonal thefts relating to stolen mail, packages stolen from doorsteps, vandalized mailboxes and stolen identities.

 

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

on Twitter @jamesarthurholt