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Sheriff’s Office warns of mail thefts in the North Valleys


Actual North Valleys mail box. Photo by Bob Conrad.

WCSO NEWS — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating reports of mail theft in the North Valleys area. The suspect vehicle is described as a green colored sedan occupied by three suspects described as two black males and one black female.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service website provides the following tips to help homeowners protect their mail from thieves:

  • Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won’t be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • Have your local post office hold your mail while you’re on vacation, or absent from your home for a long period of time.
  • If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  • Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.

If you suspect your mail has been stolen, vandalized or tampered with, notify the U.S. Postal Inspection Service online at: postalinspectors.uspis.gov

Another important tool for increasing personal and neighborhood security is the free online neighborhood safety service, AlertID. For more information, visit alertid.com.

Anyone with information related to the reported mail thefts in the North Valleys area are asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 785-WCSO, or Secret Witness at: 775-322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text a Secret Witness tip to 847-411 keyword – SW.

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