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UPDATED: Sheriff investigating mailbox thefts in Tri-West

West Hollywood residents in the Tri-West area have taken to the NextDoor app to voice their frustrations about an alleged thief raiding their U.S. Postal Service mailboxes.

Neighbors claim the thief has a master key to the boxes which was sold to him by a postal worker, and that he has been hitting Huntley and Westbourne streets, among other areas.


UPDATE: The City on Thursday issued an official comment regarding these thefts.

The City of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station are responding to concerns from community members about theft of mail from residential mailboxes in the City of West Hollywood.

The Sheriff’s Station is currently reviewing reports of complaints of stolen mail in multiunit dwellings in the City of West Hollywood. According to reports filed with the Sheriff’s Station, when thefts do occur, they most frequently take place in apartment complexes and condominium buildings.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has issued the following tips:

• Keep front doors closed — Make sure that entrances to buildings are closed and locked so that only residents can access mailbox areas.

• Check mail daily — Do not allow mail to sit in boxes for extended periods of time and make sure packages are picked up promptly.

• Install video surveillance — Request that homeowners associations and property management companies install video cameras in mailbox areas.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which supports and protects the nation’s mail system, has additional tips on how to protect your mail from thieves:

• To send mail, use the letter slots inside your local Post Office for your mail, or hand mail to a letter carrier.

• If you do not receive a check or other valuable mail you are expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

• If you change your address, immediately notify the Post Office.

• Do not send cash in the mail.

• Notify the Post Office when you will be out of town, so it can hold your mail until you return.

For additional tips regarding Identity Theft Prevention, please visit the City of West Hollywood’s website page with crime and safety tips atwww.weho.org/services/public-safety/crime-prevention-and-personal-safety-tips/internet-safety-identity-theft-prevention.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6414. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

If you suspect mail theft or suspicious activity, report it immediately to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station by calling (310) 855-8850 and alert your letter carrier or local Post Office, as well.


Beverly SchnurMelrose Place
Our condo building on Croft at Willoughby was hit last week during the night with a master key that opened all the mailboxes. Reported to Police and Post Office.

Forest ZukermanWeHo Heights
We’re here on Horn and Shoreham and the same has been happing to us. If anyone has mail for Shoreham dr please message me.

Ginger McKinleyWeHo MidCity-South
The police won’t do anything. Stealing mail is a federal offense. You might want to sign up for Fedex Delivery Manager and UPS My Choice which will send you notifications whenever a package with your address is on its way to you. Then, you can track delivery and even ask to have the package held at the UPS/FedEx store to be picked up by you later if you’re not going to be home. Both services are free.

Pierce ReynoldsWeHo North-Santa Monica
Add my building to the list. Palm Ave & Harratt St was hit about a month ago. Thief busted the (master mailbox) lock, prying it open.

Karyna ShackelfordWeHo Tri-West
Just spoke to the mail lady on our block. She said a mail worker (who got fired) SOLD the master key. The guy stealing our mail does it from 4am and 5am apparently.(edited)

West Hollywood residents in the Tri-West area took to the NextDoor app to voice their frustrations about an alleged thief raiding their U.S. Postal Service mailboxes.

Neighbors claim the thief has a master key to the boxes which was sold to him by a postal worker, and that he has been hitting Huntley and Westbourne streets, among other areas.

More information to follow as this story develops:

Beverly SchnurMelrose Place
Our condo building on Croft at Willoughby was hit last week during the night with a master key that opened all the mailboxes. Reported to Police and Post Office.

Forest ZukermanWeHo Heights
We’re here on Horn and Shoreham and the same has been happing to us. If anyone has mail for Shoreham dr please message me.

Ginger McKinleyWeHo MidCity-South
The police won’t do anything. Stealing mail is a federal offense. You might want to sign up for Fedex Delivery Manager and UPS My Choice which will send you notifications whenever a package with your address is on its way to you. Then, you can track delivery and even ask to have the package held at the UPS/FedEx store to be picked up by you later if you’re not going to be home. Both services are free.

Pierce ReynoldsWeHo North-Santa Monica
Add my building to the list. Palm Ave & Harratt St was hit about a month ago. Thief busted the (master mailbox) lock, prying it open.

Karyna ShackelfordWeHo Tri-West
Just spoke to the mail lady on our block. She said a mail worker (who got fired) SOLD the master key. The guy stealing our mail does it from 4am and 5am apparently.(edited)



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