Mailbox thief hits northwest Valley, police say

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 22:30:43-04

Postal inspectors and police are looking for a man they say is breaking into mailboxes all across the northwest Valley.

Detectives tell ABC15 that he’s targeting cluster mailboxes across Bell Road in Glendale, Phoenix and Peoria.

“There are personal things in there. There’s your bill, you send letters out and you send cards out. You hope that's going to get to where it needs to go and not be in the wrong hands," Peoria resident Jessica Cruz said.

Those mailboxes require a key to open and take out mail. Police believe that the culprit used a large tool, similar to a crowbar, to open up and swipe the mail. He’s been cracking them open and taking people’s mail since February.

"It’s really unfortunate there's nothing sacred left in this world. We have to worry about our lives and violence. Now, we have to worry about our mailboxes," Phoenix resident Tiffany Strickland said.

A detective with Silent Witness said the thief is mainly taking people’s financial and personal info. Silent Witness is offering up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest. Postal Inspectors are offering up to $10,000 for any info leading to a conviction.