LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Federal officials launched an investigation on Thursday after four 200-pound mailboxes were stolen in less than a week at multiple San Fernando Valley post offices, potentially leaving postal customers vulnerable to identity theft.

The mailboxes stolen from offices in Pacoima, Glendale and Burbank were bolted into a concrete slab, U.S. Postal Inspector Renee Focht told the Glendale News-Press.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.

No suspects have been named, but the thefts appeared to be a “recent trend,” Focht said.

Investigators have not confirmed if all the incidences were connected.

Focht advised concerned postal customers to check their credit reports and contact their banks.

All of the mailboxes will be replaced, Richard Maher of the U.S. Postal Service said.

The agency has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The public was urged to report suspicious activity at (877) 876-2455 or visit the official website for details.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Comments (147)
  1. LUNA says:

    ozzy..I couldn’t agree with you more!!! You hit the nail on the head!

  2. LUNA says:

    Also …How IRONIC is that…… the photo shown is with a MERCEDES!!!! Go figure

    1. Barney says:

      Yeah, but it’s old. It must be fun and expensive keeping it running.

  3. sublore says:

    andddddd your internet name is “ozzy” okay???

    1. jasperddbgghost says:

      sublore is supposedly supposed to make sense?

    2. Michelle "Hamburgler" Obama Speaks... says:

  4. TT says:

    a 200 lb box plus the mail that was in it…..- you would think someone would Notice – or hear them being torn from the ground – kinda weird nobody stepped up n reported it while it was happening…Thats not something that goes un noticed…

    1. jeffj says:

      you kiddn’? they probably had an applauding audience there in the ‘hood, bro!

  5. Tides of Truth says:

    I would be more concerned of bombs being planted in them.

    1. Phil Brown says:

      Exactly my thought too. They can be packed and relocated to busy mall areas.

      1. GA says:

        My thoughts too. If you were going after the mail, would it be easier to break into the box then to steal the whole thing. They could place those box anywhere and few would even notice.

    2. kllrbee says:

      I thought of that also, it would be perfect to steal mailboxes, wire them up then plant them roadside at another location. I mean, really, does anyone check if a mailbox is where it belongs or not?

      1. Big Bear says:

        The Secret Service inspects that stuff on a Presidential motorcade route. A mailbox bomb would be effective on a single target, but if someone wanted to hit a large target like a mall or high-rise, they would likely use a truck bomb ala Tim McVeigh.

        Still, it would be a means for a roadside bomb. No one would likely notice a mailbox. They are just too common.

  6. sailordude says:

    I didn’t think about ID theft and while that is important.


    Why does the news not think outside of what it is told by the government?

    1. Phil Brown says:

      The FLQ used mailbox bombs in Montreal in the 60s.

  7. Alice Ramirez says:

    ALWAYS use an inside-the-building mail slot, one built into a wall. It is less convenient, but probably less theft-prone.

  8. Alice Ramirez says:

    I don’t think Armenians have a corner on crookery. I wonder why you have such a bias against Armenians.

  9. noone says:

    incidents, not incidences, you moron.

    1. Jerry Allen says:

      dats awl ewe got? is spellllyeing?

  10. Mike Landry says:

    Watch out , I see these being used as ied’s you can fill a lot of explosive in those.

    1. joe says:

      exactly my first thought.

  11. sailordude says:

    “potentially leaving postal customers vulnerable to identity theft.”

    BTW, why would thieves go through the trouble of unbolting big mailboxes, when they could drive up to people’s home mailboxes and just swipe their mail?

    These were swiped for bomb making! Be careful people!

    1. JamesT says:

      Real easy. Bill payments will have a vast amount of data. People have a tendnecy to write their account numbers on the check, as requested by the companies they are paying, to make sure their account is properly accredited.

  12. Bo says:

    If at all possible, get out of your car and put your mail in the inside mail slot. I do not put my mail (business or personal) in the outside mailboxes. I haven’t for years, and I’ve never had any outgoing mail stolen.

  13. Ric Neumann says:

    How about this for a possibility? Steal mailbox, pack with explosives, place at corner of busy intersection downtown where there is heavy pedestrian traffic in the morning and set the things off all at the same time. How else can you get that much explosive there without being challenged?

  14. Bubba says:

    And now we see the first signs of incipient breakdown of social order. Way to go Obama! You’re destroying America faster than Soros could have hoped. How long before the natives are hacking each other with machetes?

    1. dootise says:

      and so to you the President is responsible for this theft? I’ll be you found him responsible for bagging Osama too..didn’t you? you didn’t?

      1. John Yaya says:

        You guys blame Bush for everything. Why can’t Obozo take just a little blame?

  15. Mexican says:

    I bet it was Mexicans

    1. Jim says:

      Definitely Mexicans. They steal colorful stuff.

    2. Steve says:

      In California, who else.

  16. sailordude says:

    Life after 9/11/2001

    after a few of those mailboxes start blowing up and killing people……

    you won’t see mailboxes in America anymore.

    1. heatherfeather says:

      That might be the plan. But why not use car bombs, then?

  17. snortsoutloud says:

    I put my toy snake in there and presto. I get off!

  18. Rocco Henderson says:

    I’m thinking they were after the metal that the boxes were made of.

  19. Big John says:

    Illegals that make any money anymore.

  20. Mark says:

    The correct URL for the Postal Inspectors Service is: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

  21. tom says:

    So much for homeland security

  22. chloe says:

    they also did this years ago in palm beach county florida. they told us to “take ’em INSIDE never leave any mail outside in those drive up boxes”. can’t remember if they actually caught anyone or got the stolen mail back.
    had a neighbor who was a rural mailman who stole magazines and catalogues and then gave them away. this was in another state. hope he is behind bars now.

  23. Yariana Smith says:

    Maybe they were Decepticons.

  24. Bill says:

    This is insane. Metal theives stealing critical infrastructure for pennies. 800 pounds of iron fetches $80. think of the time, effort, and gas required to make that $80, let alone that replacing them puts a burden of 1000s upon honest citizens. Other thieves are stealing power equipment, air conditioning units, and other infrastructer that could result in death. This is looting. It is sociopathic behavior. Whatever happened to the old slogan looters will be shot?

    1. JonC says:

      Better return on investment if you steal the gas as well….

  25. Marco says:

    Never fails..If you see an idiotic story on any page, you already know California is involved

    1. dootise says:

      so let’s make sure you never ever ever come here Marco. do you promise?

  26. Ricko says:

    Wasn’t this done in Batman or Su[perman 7 or something??? and used to sneak midgets into the… oh, sorry, wrong forum LOL

  27. Argyle Sheridan says:

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato
    —————————— http://911essentials.com

  28. Scott Layman says:

    There oughta be a law against it…Oops, there is…Government at all levels has become inept…

    1. dootise says:

      how so…do you mean that law enforcement efforts aren’t underway to track down these criminals? how do you divine that? through which orifice?

  29. Chippy55 says:

    A stupid question here: Why don’t they have those little radio frequency ID tags inside them? I saw somewhere where thieves are taking entire air-conditioning units, so I think they should be placed in any large item that thieves are taking, and if you catch a person stealing one, then they probably stole a lot more. Also, offer a reward because these people probably need drug money, and one dope dealer would surely turn in another for reward because “there is no honor among thieves’.

    1. Ken says:

      Great idea. But you’re talking about government, which is more prone to sticking radio frequency IDs on its citizens than taxpayer-paid property.

      1. TT says:

        im sorry – but if they can put cameras all over LA to make sure we dont run red lights they can certainly keep better track of their mailboxes …..by whatever means necessary to keep our private information and their property safe.

    2. TT says:

      thats a good point – they have anti- theft devices in stores so you dont take merchandise out without paying for it – why cant they put some kind of tracking device in these so they cant be stolen and remain unrecovered ?

  30. Begala's Forehead says:

    No wonder Osama was looking at Obama with reverence and admiration in that TV clip. Obama is accomplishing so much and so quickly that Osama could only have dreamt of.

    1. dootise says:

      Obama bagged Osama been forgotten..see latest Vanity Fair for the sourced article about how the Saudis paid for 9/11

  31. Gary Falls says:

    Mail? Who cares about mail? It was the 800 pounds of metal they wanted. That’s where the real money is.

    1. JulianusRex says:

      No real money there. Something more nefarious is afoot.

  32. walter12 says:

    It appears to be true, Southern California is on the verge of true Anarchy. I would get out if I was you. With a Marxist state government, a massive Mexican invasion, black and Mexican youth gangs running amok, rampant street crime, an Obama economy, middle class people fleeing the state, sky high taxes for the few that work, a doper mentality everywhere, and on and on, California has become a Third World state and a basket case. Just do not come to Montana.

  33. jojo says:

    The world is going down the tubes — anarchy is reigning all over the world!!!

    1. Norm says:

      Yes, you’re right about that. I believe that there’s a method to the madness. The more unbearable things become, the more apt we are to turn to the government to save us. And, believe me, they are ready with the solution — though it will only be beneficial for the top .0001 percent of the world’s population.

  34. joemx says:

    I think it was KAOS… I hope agent #13 was not in one of the mailboxes

  35. T Jones says:

    i would just as concerned about a terrorist placing an explosive device in one and then setting it up in a public place as I would ID theft.

  36. Riquin says:

    I love this country so much and break my heart to see:

    1 – A TSA that was created to go after foreign terrorists and now is harassing American handicapped, children and women.
    2 – They just lost 18billion dollars in IRAQ. Just like that!!
    And this is incredible: We Don’t Know Where That 2.3 TRILLION Dollars Went!” Rep DeFazio Calls To Audit The Pentagon


    3 – A Corps of Eng. that did not release water long time ago knowingly that there was snow all over the mountains and now we have a mess with nuclear power plants. They are also buying now farm land together with Soros.
    4 – Allow BP to kill the Gulf of Mexico and poison people all along the way.
    5 – Sent our industry overseas destroying so much employment.
    6 – Gave banksters trillions of dollars – Just like that!!! President Reagan bailed them out but at least several of them went to jail. The new banksters gave themselves billions of dollars in bonuses.
    7 – Endless wars about oil and opium and our sons and daughters dying for that. \

    Sick very sick. The whole country is falling apart.

    1. Ron says:

      It’s all by design and was planned decades ago. Evil infiltrated all of our institutions while we were lulled into a feeling of self-satisfaction. In the end, nearly all wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few suspects who have ruled the world of banking for centuries. We focus on our politicians for answers, but they’re nothing but soothesayers, most of whom sold their souls to the big banksters for a few pieces of silver.

    2. David Heath says:

      What the hell has this got to do with the actual article?

  37. TheBeatGoesON says:

    That would be actually doing something useful. And why, pray tell, would you expect that degree of service?!

  38. Ryan W says:

    This is probably an artist or interior designer who needs them for a project.

  39. James Woods says:

    Another good government idea. Leave personal information and communication road side in unguarded metal boxes.

    Sounds like a very good idea.

    We have traffic light cameras and stop sign cameras yet no cameras guarding what’s really important.

    You can give a speeder a ticket, they will still speed. Same with stop sign runners.

    Someone steals your identity courtesy of uncle sam; would take years to resolve.

    This is the same government that has such burdensome regulation on industry.

  40. Big Bear says:

    My first thought was the Royal couple (Will & Kate), but thanks to a convenient celebrity link at the bottom of this page, I see they have already come and gone in LA.

    1. Spanky says:

      As a good liberal, I was going to blame Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, or Reagan.

  41. David J says:

    Illegals ripping off US infrastructure, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  42. jakee308 says:

    I assume the boxes they mean are the ones that are bolted to a slab of concrete but NOT bolted into the sidewalk. (how dumb can the USPS get?)

    Those CAN be moved so don’t use them if you’re getting nervous. Drop your mail at the PO or if you see a carrier, give them your mail (if it’s stamped).

    People and even companies that should know better still haven’t ‘gotten’ that you shouldn’t send sensitive material through the PO.

    USE UPS, FEDEX, DHL, EMORY AIR FREIGHT or any other number of couriers. They’re not that much more expensive and they intrinsically have better security; IT’S THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER. Unlike the USPS which is union controlled and has lost money in 26 of the last 40 years.


    1. dootise says:

      and when the russian and ukrainian mob finishes stealing all the postal boxes(despite being such uber-Christians)..you think they won’t go after these private freight carriers? r u nuts? when the post office is gone..it will be official..America will be dead.

  43. John says:

    It had to have been the woman that cut off the man’s peniz. She was still throwing a hissy fit and decided to cut off the male boxes too. I think you will find her at the women’s shelter reading the letters and throwing the bills in the trash.

  44. kevin says:

    And they will all be Killed.

  45. DantheDawg says:

    There are people who still use the US Postal Servic?

    1. Spanky says:

      “There are people who still use the US Postal Service?”0

      Sure! We should all use the USPS because it provides UNION JOBS!

  46. mike says:

    Only in LA. This kind of stuff didn’t happen in American even ten years ago. 20-1 odds that if they catch these idiots, they turn out to be Mexican.

  47. Spanky says:

    Everything has gotten worse since the Democrats took complete control of Congress on January 3, 2007.

    1. Curtis says:

      Just an extension of Bush policy.

      And you … what? Thunk it would have been better if Bush had gone for another term. Or … how about McCain?

      They are ALL the same.


  48. Jsmith says:

    Just about the only thing the government did well was handling the mail and national defense. Strike one!

  49. BEANLOVER says:

    Just illegal mexicans hard at work again..secure the boarder and ship them all back home and most stealing problems will be gone

  50. Scott Hazard says:

    The timing and locations of the thefts disturbs me. The really bad guys use opportune moments. We are having Carmaggedon starting Friday until at least Monday morning, when the 405 Freeway will be completely shut down. Place a few of these perfect “fake” mailboxes at the most critical points of the detours, set to go off at different times and locations. You have the makings of a very big event with little fuss and no way to trace the perpretrators. the resulting near-complete shutdown will make it almost impossible to get emergency help to the area, multiplying the catastrophy. Is Homeland Security paying attention to the possiblity???

    1. shlub says:

      Anyone along the closure route whether it be business, industrial, government or residential needs to pay attention to any “new” mailbox or similar good-sized item that has recently appeared on your sidewalk or street needs to notify the LAPD or postal service, whatever the case may be. You should not attempt to remove it yourself.

  51. Don says:

    Me thinks Michelle is using them to stash her french fries in.

  52. Vietnavyvet1 says:

    another example of why fedex and ups are more popular than usps….SECURITY.

  53. Dee says:

    Maybe they moved them for the upcoming 405 closure

  54. Dave says:

    What’s Murdock up to now!!!!

  55. wabash sphinx says:

    “Investigators have not confirmed if all the incidences were connected.” I suspect the reporter meant “incidents.” And wouldn’t it have been more logical to ask if any rather than all were connected? What are they teaching in journalism school?

  56. C. Cope says:

    Oh my GAWD! We is all gonna die! Someone stole mail boxes and is going ter fill em up wit explosives! Muslims! Its dose dern Muslims I tell yer!

    DO you people count Muslims in your sleep?

  57. jnsesq says:

    Wish I lived in Mexifornia. You folks have such creative crimes — and so many. Let none blame 40 years of unbridled liberalism/progressivism though. Must be Bush’s fault.

    1. Curtis says:

      And Obummer isn’t an extension of Bush?



  58. Mel Shapiro says:

    Get rid of mailboxes: just put the darn things in grocery stores and gas stations. Or in UPS/FedEx Stores.

  59. EZnSF says:

    Shoot to Kill.
    They hung horse thieves in the old days.

    But then again, our grandparents had more sense than us.

  60. JRHowosso says:

    Maybe the boxes are just a way to set a bomb in a area, doesn’t draw any attention like a abandoned car…. Who would think twice about a new mailbox on the corner…………..

  61. Zer0 says:

    Oh no! I mailed my gold (real money) to receive cash (fiat currency) in one of those mailboxes! Heavens no!

  62. John Yaya says:

    Another reason to privatize the Post Office.

  63. vigilante says:

    This is a trash website. Bad content. Tasteless affiliates. Get your fecal matter together.

  64. JoeyD says:

    No. Because then they would catch those hard-working postal union goons sleeping on the job.

  65. kill says:

    Yawn. Mail is for teh oldz and for $h1tty movies from Netflix. Break into houses and steal guns instead.

  66. bannie says:

    We need laws that are ENFORCED!

  67. T-OZZY says:

    THAT’S IT! You said it and didn’t realize it… WE NEED MORE “CAMERAS” I mean we can not go for a walk or feed our children, we NEED CAMERAS in our homes and everywhere so “we” can be told what & how to do things… I’m so dumb…. NOT! GET THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!

  68. tom says:

    Your kidding right? They are worried about identy theft? They should be worried some maniac with a quran in his hands doesn’t pack it full of explosives.

  69. Jeddy Mctedder says:

    dummys, the mail boxes are being stolen because your government is creating commodity metal inflation by printing money. aka….they stole it for the value of the metal.

  70. Gunny G says:

    Ilegal aliens probably needed them to house 5 or 6 of their kids in.

  71. Broman says:

    Dammmmmmn!!!!!!!!! My Publishers Clearinghouse reply was in that f __ king mailbox.

  72. jerrykregle says:

    Metal thieves PERIOD

  73. Terry Knows Moore says:

    Get Life Lock…..and keep a gun pointed at all times at your mail box.

  74. Gigi DeNinno says:

    Are we stupid or what? Some muzzies are filling them with explosives and they will be put back in some place where there will be a lot of people hurt. That would be a little worse than identity theft no?

    1. heatherfeather says:

      Yikes! The Harry Potter premiere is tonight. Hope one of those long lines of kids isn’t targeted!

  75. David Heath says:

    I wish CBS would return to investigative journalism to explain the motive. Who would go through the financial costs, labour and risk to remove 200 lb postboxes only to find out they contain a few postcards and a letter to Santa? How would these people know that it was worth it to attempt?

  76. Temlar X says:

    We need 300,000,000 cameras installed in America, immediately, or we will all die!!!!!!

  77. Templar X says:

    Quick, someone, notify Homeland Security, immediately, so we can be allowed to go to ‘RED ALERT’!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Rob Frey says:

    No i am not to much of a conspiracy j junky but how do we not know this is all a plan to remove boxes all together, so we are forced to do everything electronic. Much easier to keep an eye on all our business personal and work related. Are we living the 1984 moment??? We have all got that damn idiot box connected, Ask yourself are they watching??

  79. linda says:

    Maybe Obama is getting ready to take over the mail industry. what a perfect reason to enforce more laws and take over control. Wowo.

  80. JulianusRex says:

    The nation is deathly ill. This is just one more symptom

  81. Don says:

    Whoever stole those mailboxes apparently does not know how good the Postal Inspection service agents are and how much felony federal time they can get when (not if) they are caught. From the grandson of a former Postmaster.

  82. neveramazed says:

    Its just one of many of Obama’s changes go out and take the kids money sent by grandmas around the country.

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