Mail being stolen from P.O. boxes

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Someone is stealing mail from the place one might least expect it, the post office.

Thieves broke into several post office boxes, as well as parcel boxes, at the Stockdale branch of the United States Postal Service. One business owner who did not want to be identified said the incident is disturbing, because he receives bank statements, credit card statements and other business documents by mail and is afraid any stolen information could lead to problems.

People who use a post office box said they do it mainly for security.

"I use a P.O. box because in my neighborhood, the kids who don't steal the mail put ice cream and frogs and stuff like that in my mail box," said teacher Shanon Fairres.

Acting Postmaster David Morrison acknowledged that the problem of someone breaking into post office boxes is growing in Bakersfield.

"It's a very difficult crime to catch," said Morrison.

Some lobbies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for customer convenience. Morrison said some lobbies have security cameras and others do not.

The Postal Service is looking at installing more cameras and taking other measures, as well. But if that does not stem the tide of break-ins, then lobbies might have to be closed as a last resort and be confined to regular business hours, said Morrison.