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Postal Service warns of mail “fishing” rip-off, releases suspect description – The Denver Post

A suspicious device discovered near East 4th Avenue and Sherman Street Friday afternoon turned out to be a mail “fishing” device used to steal outgoing mail.

The device was recovered from a blue U.S. Postal Service collection box, according to the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service, which issued a series of tweets about the incident.

“Denver Postal Inspectors are working several leads on the suspects responsible for this recent activity,” one of the tweets read. “We are looking for this late model black Kia Sportage with CO plate 095ZKX.”

The suspect in the latest incident likely failed to retrieve the mail and fled, said Eric Manuel, a postal inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement branch within the Postal Service.

“Typically they’re only left when they malfunction or the suspect gets scared and runs off,” Manuel said. “They’ll create some type of device that’s weighted and covered in adhesives, then inserted into mailboxes that have outgoing mail.”

Manuel urged people to call 911 if they see any vehicle stealing mail, and then call the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service at 877-876-2455. People can also file complaints online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx.

Despite the uptick in mail theft this time of year — when outgoing collection boxes are more likely to contain tax and financial information — officials are not necessarily telling residents to avoid the big blue boxes.

“We’re just reminding people that the most secure way to send outgoing mail is to drop it at the post office, inside the office,” Manuel said. “That stands whatever time of year, no matter what criminals we’re following.”

The latest theft-attempt is the third in a week, following incidents in Centennial and Englewood.

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