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Mail/Package Theft from Altadena Porches

Sheriff's Station requests detailed information from any victims.

Packages delivered by various mail services have been disappearing from Altadena porches. Carolyn Seitz passes along this request and advice from the Sheriff's Station:  

Call the Sheriff's Station at 626-798-1131 to report the theft. Provide as much information as possible, including the name of the person or company that sent the package, the name of the delivery company, the expected date of delivery, and, if tracking information is available, the time the package was apparently delivered. Also package contents and cost of merchandise.

To safeguard any deliveries you expect in the future, consider these options:

Have packages delivered to a trusted neighbor who is more likely to be home when the delivery is expected.

Webster's Fine Stationers has been advertising that you can have your packages delivered to their store at no additional cost to you.

Have packages delivered to the nearest UPS store if delivered by United Parcel.

If FedEx is handling the delivery, have packages delivered to the nearest FedEx store for pickup.

If you have a Post Office Box, you can sign an agreement with the US Postal Service to use their street address as your delivery address and your PO Box number as your "suite".  They will notify you when packages for you have been received by the Post Office.

As always, if you are home and see any suspicious activity, call the Sheriff's Station right away. 

doris finch July 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Is this happening broadly across Altadena, or are some neighborhoods hit harder? The general information is most helpful, but It would be nice to know "hot spots" so those areas could be extra watchful.
Karin Bugge July 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
At this time, it's the east side of Altadena, in the President Streets area. But bad news can travel fast, so everyone should be vigilant. I remember feeling no threat when most of the car vandalism/computer theft was taking place on the east side, and then I was hit in upper central Altadena.
Linda R July 31, 2012 at 04:36 PM
It would be nice to know what areas are involved. Additionally, there is no mention of mail box thefts which have been occurring on the west side of Altadena in the vicinity of Fair Oaks, W. Loma Alta and Glenrose.....mail has been found trashed in the street as well as shoved down storm drains.....the latter occurring just a week ago.
Lorraine Pozniak July 31, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I suggest you let the USPS and the Sheriff's Station know about that because they're obviously clueless. Mail tampering is a Federal offense. You may want to alert the FBI, as well. Well, maybe not the FBI, because they couldn't even find one of their own agents...
Travis Bickle August 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Lorraine....Federal offense? Are you kidding? Coming into this country illegally is a Federal offense, How's that working out? All law enforcement is a joke. In fact, any government agency is a joke. Buy a locking mailbox, protect yourself and your belongings. The "cops" will never help you. Sad but true.

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