South Pas Police Looking for Mail Thief

A South Pasadena resident's security camera captured an unidentified suspect reaching out of a white truck in the late evening and opening mailboxes.

Unidentified suspects are stealing mail from South Pasadena mailboxes - in some cases prying open the boxes, authorities said. 

Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, the suspects opened mailboxes in the Monterey Hills area (1800 block of Hanscom, 1800 block of Peterson, 200 block of St. Albans and 1300 block of Indiana), according to a press release from South Pasadena Police. 

And on Nov. 2, at about 9:30 PM, a resident spotted a man opening a mailbox in the 1700 block of Hill Drive. The witness watched the unidentified man get into a white pickup truck and drive away. A neighbor, who has a surveillance camera pointed toward the street, captured images of the suspect driving by.

The video appears to show the suspect reaching out the driver’s side door and opening a mailbox, police said. Another witness who saw the suspect vehicle provided a partial plate. You may view the vehicle in the document attached to this article. 

The white, 1990’s, pick-up is possibly a Mazda, with rear cab sliding window and loud exhaust. The partial plate, which is possibly from the state of Oregon, reads “Q30...”

If folks have any information, police ask that they please contact detectives at 626-403-7280. 

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Erna G. Ohlsson November 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I bought a $300 mailbox (recommended by Post Master General) to make sure my mail was secured - Your fill-in postman leaves all the mail on top so anyone can open the flap and take the mail - it makes no sense. (needs training) The regular mailman is perfect.
Donna Evans November 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Yipes, Erna, that's scary! Thieves look for mail with checks in them to bleach and then try to cash, and also there's a whole issue with identity theft. Did you call your local post office and let them know? I'd at least tell the regular letter carrier.


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