"Numerous mailboxes were forced open with pry tools and locks were cut with bolt cutters," sheriff's deputy Owen Yoch said in an email alert. The thefts occurred between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, and 8 a.m. the next day, he said.
Mail theft is often connected to check, credit card and identity theft, he said. A U.S. postal inspector is working with the Sheriff's Office to investigate these thefts. Mail theft is a federal offense punishable by a long term in federal prison, Deputy Yoch said.
He advises those who see suspicious vehicles or situations to call the Sheriff's Office at (650) 363-4911 with a full description of the people and vehicles, including license plate numbers. Don't try to apprehend the suspects, he said.
West Bay wins safety award
West Bay Sanitary District, which provides wastewater collection for Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and other nearby areas, recently won a state-wide award for outstanding accomplishments in safety and risk management, said district manager Phil Scott.
The award, which includes $10,000 to be shared equally among the district's 26 employees, was given by the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority. Each employee received a jacket with the award embroidered in front.