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Mail thieves target mailboxes of 70 people in Battle Ground

Residents of the area are asked to check any security video they may have to help police with their investigation
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USPS trucks in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — Police in Battle Ground, Washington want help to find the person or people responsible for a mail theft that targeted 70 people. 

The incident happened sometime between 10 p.m. on October 13th and 7:30 a.m. on October 14th along Southwest 6th and 5th Streets, and Southwest 17th Avenue. Investigators said it took place at a cluster-style community mailbox. People in the area are asked to look at any security video they may have that could identify a suspect, their vehicle, or a license plate. 

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Police say mailbox breaks-ins are on the rise in Clark County, and Battle Ground is not exempt. Battle Ground police said officers will patrol neighborhoods 24/7. 

Here are a few suggestions to protect yourself against mail theft:

  • Check your mailbox daily, especially before turning in for the evening.
  • Ask friends and family not to send cash or gift cards in the mail, and that they notify you if they are sending a package so you can watch for it.
  • Opt-out of unsolicited “preapproved” credit offers mailed to you. For more information visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information page. 
  • Register for USPS Informed Delivery to preview your mail and manage packages scheduled to arrive. Sign up here

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Anyone with information in connection to the mail theft is asked to call 311.