Thieves using glue boards to steal mail from blue collection boxes - Tucson News Now

Thieves using glue boards to steal mail from blue collection boxes

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD)--A new twist on an old trick.  That's what postal officials are saying about the latest way crooks are stealing mail.

Using the same sticky, glue boards most of us use to trap household pests, they're dipping into blue collection boxes and taking outgoing mail.  The problem first surfaced in the Mammoth area last December.

To combat the theft, postal officials are installing a grabbing device in every collection box in Southern Arizona.

Says United States Postal Inspector Jim Harper, "It happened in Winkleman, Mammoth, Oracle, Oro Valley, Marana--so we're going to have to equip these boxes as well. 

"It's a costly endeavor obviously, but it's well worth it because we want the mail to be protected. We want people to feel when they put in these boxes it is safe and secure and--for the most part--it is," Harper said.

25 year old Samuel Jay Clark has been arrested in connection with the crimes.  45 year old Mammoth resident Adam Lopez is still at large tonight.  If you have any information, you could be eligible for a reward up to five thousand dollars. Call 1-877-876-2455 (and select option 5) if you have any information about this or any other mail-related case.

 

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