Thefts from mailboxes skyrocket across US

DAYTON, Ohio — A rash of local mail thefts coincides with a reported 17-fold nationwide increase in checks stolen from the U.S. mail being posted for sale online. And officials representing postal service police say they are hamstrung in arresting perpetrators, a Dayton Daily News investigation found.

Frank Albergo, national president of the postal police officers association, said mail theft arrests dropped from more than 2,000 in fiscal year 2019 to a projected 1,200 in fiscal year 2022 after a federal policy restricted their arrest powers in 2020.

The U.S. Postal Service has said it is safe to use blue mailboxes to send mail during the day during operating hours. Albergo said he would be reluctant to do so because of the ongoing issues nationwide.

“It’s a disaster, it really is,” Albergo said.

Officials in the Dayton region are investigating a rash of mail-related crime. Items were stolen from at least seven different post office mailboxes in Beavercreek, Dayton, Kettering and the Centerville/Washington Twp. area.


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More of Frank Albergo, national president of the postal police officers association, BS. None of the Federal Mail Theft arrests are associated with Postal Police. Postal Inspectors are the ones that investigate and make arrests. Albergo, put out the stats of arrests that your postal police have made in the past 20 years. Albergo will not talk about or put out stats because they don’t have any, prove me wrong Frank. Frank keeps making spurious claims that drops in mail theft arrest are directly associated with the postal police not being about to go out and work off USPS property.… Read more »

Give it up Frank, everyday or every other day he’s out there telling anyone that will listen that if only the 350 Postal Police will be released from their bondage on USPS property they will solve the mail theft crisis. Frank, Do you ever work as a postal police officer or do you just do PR Blitz’s? Does anyone ask Frank how 350 uniformed officers will solve the mail thefts that are happening every where in the USA. I guess Frank thinks that when the criminals hear that Frank’s Postal Police force is finally cut loose that all mail thefts… Read more »

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