Police probe reported post office theft
Wellborn and Harvey offices report 18 affected boxes
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 23:01
College Station police received calls Monday from two local U.S. post offices reporting cases of theft and mischief, which included stolen parcels and damages to Postal Service property.
Lt. Chuck Fleeger of CSPD said officers were dispatched around 7 a.m. to the post office on Wellborn Road and at 3 p.m. to the post office on Harvey Mitchell Parkway.
Fleeger said officers discovered that between Saturday and Monday individuals entered the postal facilities and used force to pry open the larger parcel drop boxes.
“They made entry into five boxes in the Wellborn Road location and then another 13 at the Harvey Mitchell Parkway location,” Fleeger said. “Our officers are still working with the postal inspectors to determine exactly what was stolen from each of the boxes.”
The victims remain unknown at this time and it is unclear if any Texas A&M students were the potential recipients of the stolen packages.
Junior biology major, Michelle Jalfon, has been a victim of post office theft before and said she felt overwhelmed when she discovered her mail was stolen.
“I felt upset,” Jalfon said. “You wouldn’t expect someone to steal out of the letters. I would assume the victims feel invaded. I mean to have anything stolen sucks, but you would think the post office would have better control over it since it’s part of the government.”
Elizabeth Baker, senior international studies major, said the incident caused her to reflect on when her triathlon bicycle was stolen off of the A&M campus and the thief then posted an ad for the bike on Craigslist.
Baker said she felt scared and upset when she realized her bike was missing, and offered her empathy to the victims of the postal service theft.
“I freaked out,” Baker said. “I thought the thief was really stupid. The police were super helpful though. They took me on the sting with them to get it back.”
Fleeger said the postal service and the CSPD are doing everything they can and once the missing packages have been identified by the postal inspector, the recipients will receive notification and be asked what large mail items they were expecting.
Postmaster of the Wellborn Road postal service, Maddie Carter, said not much is known at this time.
“They broke into the large parcel boxes and stole all the parcels in it,” Carter said. “In the process they broke the locks on those boxes.”
Investigation of this incident is ongoing. CSPD requests that any information be reported to 979-764-3600.