The theft of mail left bills and letters scattered across a Raleigh neighborhood

Last Sunday, the citizens of Hungry Neck discovered an alarming sight on the neighborhood’s streets east of downtown: hundreds of letters strewn across the pavement, many of them floating in rain puddles. On my little street off New Bern Avenue, I found roughly 50 of them tossed in the bushes.

No accident here. Somebody stole our mail. Some of it is still sitting on the asphalt. This crime, as the saying goes, really chapped my behind. A PROBLEM NATIONALLY Mail — the junk variety excepted — is intimate, even precious. There’s a reason people carry it through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night. I’m not the world’s biggest Samaritan, but I leave my carrier a gift card every Christmas, and when it’s hot, I’ve been known to offer lemonade.


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I’m waiting for Postal Police Union President Frank Albergo to contact the press and tell everyone that his force of 450 officers could have prevented this crime if only the USPS would let them patrol the entire nation (off postal property). If Frank thinks that 450 police officers (that includes management) can prevent postal crimes in the entire USA then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.