Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Possible mail theft in Shoreline?

We had a report yesterday that someone saw a black Jeep Cherokee driving up a residential street in the Meridian Park neighborhood, stopping at mailboxes and opening and closing them. The person who witnessed this checked their mailbox shortly thereafter, and found it empty. It's not certain that any mail was stolen, but it is disturbing to think that someone is poking around in mailboxes at all.

If you have seen any similar incidents, or have been missing mail, please report it to the Shoreline police department. Also, remember to keep an eye on your credit card statements, as mail theft is often the first step in identity theft.

Contact info for the Shoreline police department:

Shoreline Police Station
1206 N. 185th St.
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 801-2710

After Hours: Call 911 or non-emergency (206) 296-3311

Anonymous TIP Line - To help solve crimes, not report crimes
(206) 801-2755

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE: This information was passed on to us by the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, who recived it from the Shoreline police department, regarding burglaries in the area:

Blockwatch Captains,

Shoreline Police would like your help in being more vigilant and aware of suspicious cars and or people in your neighborhoods, due to a slight increase in Burglaries within the last couple weeks.

The burglaries are occurring both daytime or nighttime. The MO is to either kick in the door or use a pry type tool to gain entry. Possible suspect vehicles include a white or tan "work" type van as well as a car(s) described as similar to a Camry.

We value our Blockwatch members and the extra eyes and ears they can add to assist in apprehending criminals!

Do NOT investigate or approach suspicious people; DO call 911 immediately. Remember, be the best witness possible!

Officer L.D. Obstler
Shoreline Police
West Neighborhood Storefront
624 NW Richmond Beach Rd.
Shoreline, WA 98177

Tips on preventing mail theft and identity theft.

Photo: Mailboxes, by dvs

1 comment:

  1. I mailed a few things from my mailbox for my grandmother in December and the items were stolen from my mailbox in the Ballinger Area. The checks were washed and cashed, stealing $1500. This was reported but ... BE AWARE! Take it to the post office.