Suspect in northwest Modesto mail theft
MODESTO, CA - Modesto police say there has been an increase in the number of mail thefts and with the holidays approaching, they urge residents to take precautions.
According to police spokesperson Heather Graves, the Modesto Police Department has taken 12 reports of mail thefts in the past month. One victim in northwest Modesto captured a suspect riding up to his porch on a bike on his home security camera. The man knocked on the door and then picked up a package left on the porch. He took the package and rode away. Police want to identify him.
- Require a signature for delivered packages.
- Can't require a signature? Have your packages delivered to you at work or to someone you know will be home.
- If packages are delivered to your residence, bring them inside immediately.
- Check your mail daily.
- Do not put outgoing mail in your mailbox. Instead, deliver it to the post office.
- Have personal checks delivered to your bank for pick-up.
- Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood immediately to police.
Mail theft should be reported to police by calling (209) 572-9573 or online at www.modestopolice.com.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the accompanying photo or the woman in the background in the resident's camera video was urged to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a message to 274637. Type "TIP704" along with your message.