The U.S. Postal Inspection Service in investigating thefts from four mail collection boxes in Montgomery County during the past month.
According to Michael Martel, a spokesman for the agency, the thefts happened:
- Aug. 16 near 6106 Harvard Ave. in Glen Echo
- Sept. 1 near 4301 Rosedale Ave. in Bethesda
- Sept. 4 near 5200 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda
- Sept. 5 near 9910 Summit Ave. in Kensington
Martel declined to share additional details due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing.
The Postal Inspection Service is urging anyone who dropped off mail in one of these four boxes on or around these dates to make sure their mail reached its destination. The agency recommends that those who mailed checks review their bank account to ensure there is no fraudulent activity.
The Postal Inspection Service is asking anyone who witnessed mail theft to report it to postal inspectors at 877-876-2455.
The agency recommends the following precautions to guard against mail theft:
- Use the letter slots inside a post office or handing mail to a letter carrier
- Pick up mail promptly after delivery
- Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up mail or ask the post office to hold mail if out of the area
- Do not send cash in the mail
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