A Key to the City? Thieves Appear to Use USPS Master Key to Enter Chicago Buildings

The West Loop area in Chicago is considered one of the hottest neighborhoods on the edges of downtown, but a recent rash of burglaries at several apartments has residents alarmed.

“I was shocked,” said Fred Stein, a condo owner and board member. “They were in and out very quickly. Clearing out the mailboxes and gone.”

Surveillance video captured thieves entering Stein’s West Loop condo and taking off with mail and packages. Residents said what was even more shocking was the fact that there was no forced entry into the building–instead, what appears to be the use of a U.S. Postal Service master key to open the front door.

“We had two thieves who entered the building who we suspect entered using the postal service access key,” Ziolo said. “We saw them on the video turn the key to enter the front door.”

Ziolo said the thieves went beyond the mailboxes in her building and into the garage area, where they stole an expensive baby carriage.


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