Northwest NEWS

November 2, 1998

Local News

How to prevent mail theft

   Postal Inspectors are actively investigating all information received concerning a local wave of mail thefts, use of counterfeit mail keys and the forging and cashing of checks stolen from the mail.
  
   At the same time, The Postal Service is working to make mail theft more difficult. Until those responsible for the thefts have been caught, Postal Inspectors and the Postal Service offer the following tips to help prevent these crimes:
   Theft of mail is a federal offense punishable by 5 years in jail and fines up to $250,000.
  
   A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone possessing stolen U.S. mail or U.S. Postal Service property.
  
   Postal Inspectors may be reached at 206-442-6300.