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Woodbury mail thefts draw warning from police

A suspected two-man team of mail thieves that struck homes in Roseville is also suspected of stealing mail in Woodbury.

Woodbury police last week released the image of a red Toyota Rav4 SUV and an image of one of the two men suspected of stealing mail.

According to a Woodbury Public Safety news release, the suspects – described as Asian males between the ages of 18-22 – work as a team, with one driving while the other sits in  a back seat and swipes mail from boxes.

Mail theft in Woodbury began spiking around Jan. 6 and has been reported in clusters of neighborhoods, including Woodbury Highlands to the edge of Timberlea, along with instances in the Seasons and Kingsfield neighborhoods, according to Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada.

“That is not to say that we don’t have mail theft victims in other areas,” she added.

The thefts appear to be occurring overnight and during the mid-day hours, Okada said, noting that victims have reported finding mailboxes hanging open early in the morning and after returning home from work.

Police urged the public to keep an eye out for the following suspicious vehicles stopping or moving slowly by mailboxes and multiple open mailboxes and junk mail scattered on streets.

If possible to do so safely, police also asked witnesses to suspicious activity to take down license plate information, direction of travel and to call 911.

Authorities also issued the following suggestions to deter mail theft:

-- Don’t send outgoing mail from residential mailboxes.

-- If you must, then do not raise the “red flag” as it can attract thieves.

-- Hand-deliver your sensitive outgoing mail directly to the mail carrier or if possible, use a secured mailbox, like the ones at the post office.     

-- Consider using a P.O. box or a mailbox that locks.

-- Collect your mail from your mailbox as soon as possible.

-- Do not let your mail sit in your mailbox overnight.

-- Notify your post office if you are going out of town or have a trusted neighbor collect your mail during your absence.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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