Anthem homeowners at risk after mailbox thefts

Posted at 9:35 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 07:58:34-04

Neighborhoods are on high alert following a series of break-ins targeting mailbox clusters in Anthem.

United States Postal Inspectors say at least 10 boxes have been targeted just within the past month. Specifically, boxes were broken into between September 3 through September 13.

Typically, a team of thieves will drive through a neighborhood, and select their target. Investigators say most of the Anthem boxes were pried open with a screwdriver or some other pointed object. Once inside, they have access to everyone's stuff.

"I checked my mailbox, everything was open, there were no locks, anything," said Victor Tlapanco, a victim of the mail theft said. "And all of the boxes were empty."

Investigators say thieves are after specific items, such as checks sent by credit card companies for balance transfers, and government documents.

"First I'm concerned about my credit score foremost, sometimes there's health insurance information, and there that I prefer other people not see," said Chris Jensen, who also had his mail stolen. 

Investigators say the mailbox thieves usually sell those items to another party. Typically, fraud and identity theft begin to show up about a month after a break-in.

Investigators say they have no suspects and have made no arrests.

Postal Inspectors ask you to report suspicious credit activity right away at 1-877-876-2455 and select option 3.

The Anthem Community Council has also set up a website with more tips.