Mail thieves hold up letter carriers in Sacramento County, stealing master key to mailboxes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Investigators said mail thieves in California are targeting letter carriers who carry master keys to the clusters of mailboxes.

“The keys access several mailboxes, so the mail thieves see that as a more efficient way to steal mail,” said postal inspector Matthew Norfleet.

In two recent incidents in Sacramento County, armed suspects held up two letter carriers. The crimes took place within three days and 10 miles of each other.

The first one took place inside the Rivercrest Apartment Complex on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.

The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun that the carrier believed was a Glock with a red and white striped camo slide.


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