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Mailbox Bandits Strike Again In Yonkers

May 30, 2018 - 10:21 am

YONKERS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Police in Yonkers and postal inspectors want to stamp out thefts from mailboxes on city streets.

Ten more mailboxes were broken into early Tuesday across Yonkers bringing the total to roughly 60 for the year.

Mayor Mike Spano has had enough.

"This has been going on for far too long," Spano told WCBS 880's Sean Adams. "We've been asking the federal authorities to be on this. They need to be more vigilant in my opinion in trying to safeguard U.S. mail."

Spano said residents should take mail directly to the post office until the problem is under control.

"People, right now, should not put their mail in a mailbox," Spano said.

This has been a growing problem all across Westchester County and the Bronx.

The U.S. Postal Service is modifying mailboxes. An employee key has been used in some of the thefts so locking mechanisms are being changed, Adams reported. To prevent "mail fishing," some boxes no longer have a wide-mouth hopper door.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, all 850 collection boxes in the Bronx and nearly 400 in Westchester County have been modified with enhanced security devices. The modification project in Yonkers is expected to be done by the end of next month.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says it has made hundreds of arrests and has also launched an awareness campaign alerting customers to the crimes.

New York's senators and members of Congress have requested more postal inspectors to address the problem.

Police warn that if you think your mail has been stolen call your bank and check your credit.