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Atherton police looking for mail thieves

North Fair Oaks also hit

Atherton police say that four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the North Fair Oaks and Lindenwood neighborhoods on Sunday, July 24, at about 7:30 a.m.

They describe the suspected thieves as a white male, a white female and a black female, all in their 30s. They had no description for the car's driver.

A stolen car matching the description of the car they were seen in, a charcoal-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon, was later found abandoned in Mountain View.

Atherton police warn residents to not leave mail in boxes overnight and to lock car doors. They ask that anyone with information about the mail thefts call the department at 650-688-6500.

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Atherton police looking for mail thieves

North Fair Oaks also hit

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Atherton police say that four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the North Fair Oaks and Lindenwood neighborhoods on Sunday, July 24, at about 7:30 a.m.

They describe the suspected thieves as a white male, a white female and a black female, all in their 30s. They had no description for the car's driver.

A stolen car matching the description of the car they were seen in, a charcoal-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon, was later found abandoned in Mountain View.

Atherton police warn residents to not leave mail in boxes overnight and to lock car doors. They ask that anyone with information about the mail thefts call the department at 650-688-6500.

— Barbara Wood

Comments

resident
Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm
resident, Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm
2 people like this

Can we get more information on the location? That'd help in collecting relevant evidence.


pearl
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another community
on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm
pearl, another community
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on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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Or, you can rent a USPS post office box where your mail will be safely held until you pick it up. I've had a USPS post office box since 1975, when we were having trouble in our neighborhood with someone swiping mail. A post office box is a good investment. Plus, when writing to people, as opposed to giving them your residence address, you can just give them your post office box address.


Lindenwood resident
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Lindenwood resident, Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm
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You can also switch your mailbox to one that has a lock. We recently did this as mail had been stolen from a nearby street less than a year ago. It was easy to install ourselves and fairly inexpensive compared to the mess that happens with identity theft.


pearl
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another community
on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm
pearl, another community
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on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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@Lindenwood resident:

Great idea if you don't mind giving your residence address to strangers, and lots cheaper than a POB, too, which smallest USPS POB now rents for $50/six months or $100/year.


Lindenwood resident
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm
Lindenwood resident, Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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Just to add to my earlier post: if you're interested in switching your mailbox, there is a decent selection of locking mailboxes available through Amazon. We also needed a torque wrench to tighten the bolts inside the new mailbox that go into our existing mailbox pole.


pearl
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another community
on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm
pearl, another community
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on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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@Lindenwood resident:

If you install a locking mailbox, how does the USPS open it? Do you give them a key? Or, do they have a master key that opens all locked boxes?


Felton Gables, Too
Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm
Felton Gables, Too, Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm
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Hopefully, Atherton police will coordinate with Menlo Park. Houses on Encinal and Lennox have been hit by mail thieves on multiple occasions over the past couple months.


Reader
another community
on Jul 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm
Reader, another community
on Jul 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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@pearl:

These locking mailboxes have a door which the mail carrier uses. There's usually some internal mechanism or baffle that prevents would-be thieves from fishing, similar to the blue collection boxes.


Menlo Voter.
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Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
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on Jul 25, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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"If you install a locking mailbox, how does the USPS open it? Do you give them a key? Or, do they have a master key that opens all locked boxes?"

No pearl, the locking mailbox has a slot the mail carrier puts the mail in. You can't open the box without a key to
get the mail.

Here's just one: Web Link

There are many, many more.


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