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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 10:00:00 AM

Residents Should Be Aware of Mail Theft

Residents Should Be Aware of Mail Theft



Date: October 9, 2013

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354

Author: Heather Graves



MODESTO, CA- Investigators look to warn residents of mail theft throughout Modesto.

Over a one month period, twelve reports have been filed for mail theft.  This number is low considering most of these crimes go unreported.  Below is a link to a video from a victim in Northwest Modesto.  The male in the video approaches the residence where he proceeds to take a package off of the victim’s porch and rides away.  Investigators believe the female in the background is associated with the male and they may be casing neighborhoods.  

As we enter the holiday season, there will likely be an increase in delivered mail, including packages.  Investigators ask that you take these simple steps to reduce your chances of being a victim. 

·         Require a signature for delivered packages.

·         Can’t require a signature? Have your packages delivered to you at work or to someone you know will be home.

·         If packages are delivered to your residence, bring them inside immediately.

·         Do not put outgoing mail in your mailbox.  Instead, deliver it to the post office.

·         Have personal checks delivered to your bank for pick-up.

·         Check your mail daily.

·         Be a good neighbor.  Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood immediately to police.

 If you are a victim of mail theft, you can file a report by calling (209) 572-9573 or online at

 Police ask anyone who may have information on the persons in the video to please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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