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Authorities Report Area Holiday Mail Theft

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'Tis the season for lots of mail and at this time of year that mail could be worth stealing. And so local law enforcement agencies from Reno to Truckee are warning us all to keep a close eye our deliveries.

In Truckee, California, officials confirm that a juvenile has been picked up for a dozen cases of mail tampering.

And in Sun Valley, residents reported mail scattered about the streets this weekend.

"We did get a call about it about 10 Sunday morning," says Bob Harmon, PIO for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. "We sent a couple of deputies up there, they collected the letters and took them to the postal inspector for re-delivery."

He says most often those who tamper with the mail are looking for cash, or gift cards or information they could use to steal your identity.

"I would say NEVER send cash by mail," says Vicki Lenard who is a postal inspector in Las Vegas. "And if you have to send a gift card, only send the kind that can be tracked. The other thing I tell people is to know when your mail generally arrives and be there to being it in as soon as possible. Even if you have a locked box you have to realize that the longer it sits there ....the more of a chance there is that it can be taken."

One more tip, they say if you have outgoing mail, take it to the post office or hand it directly to a mail carrier. And realize that if you see anything suspicious, you need to report it immediately to your local law enforcement and to the postal service which you can reach through these two links. www.USPS.com

https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

Written by Erin Breen

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