El Centro Postmaster Cynthia Gibson is advising residents that she is receiving an increasing number of reports of mail tampering and possible theft on several rural El Centro and Holtville routes. The incidents are occurring in northeast El Centro and west Holtville.
Similar incidents were reported in recent months. Thieves may be targeting Social Security checks, usually issued around the first of the month, and credit cards.
"Customers are reporting that their mail is being removed from their boxes, opened and placed back in mailboxes down the road. It appears that credit card statements are also targeted, probably thieves looking for credit cards to steal," said Gibson.
Victims include those living in residences on three rural routes in El Centro and one rural route in Holtville. In each case mail was removed from the box, opened and then placed in other mailboxes.