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Police: Mail theft on the rise in YonkersPosted: Updated:
Yonkers police are urging residents to be on the lookout after a rash of mail thefts.
According to Yonkers police, thieves are stealing money from blue public mailboxes.
They have stolen more than $700,000 over 85 separate incidents since January.
Yonkers police arrested three men for allegedly stealing from a mailbox at 490 South Broadway earlier this month, but the rash of mailbox thefts has continued.
Investigators say the suspects are stealing letters inside, then committing identity theft with the information found in the letters.
Yonkers resident Maryann Derosa is alerting her mail carrier to do a better job handling her mail.
Derosa says her carrier takes the mail from Sunnyside Manor's outgoing box and drops it inside a blue postal box around the corner, instead of taking the letters to the post office. As a result, Derosa says three of her checks were undelivered.
Yonkers police are now teaming up with city leaders to crack down on the problem.
“We've been conducting surveillance, directed patrols and undercover details and the postal authorities are also in the process of upgrading mailboxes in Yonkers with enhanced security features including locking mechanisms as well as replacing old boxes with high security boxes,” says Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
It's unclear how many mail boxes have been upgraded.
Mayor Mike Spano advises residents not to use a mailbox in Westchester County. He says residents should bring their mail to a post office or give it to a carrier.