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Thieves hit more than 40 mailboxes in Lake Forest Park

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LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. — Police say they believe someone drove through several neighborhoods in Lake Forest Park, opened up more than 40 mailboxes and stole mail early Monday.

“Mail fraud is getting pretty outrageous,” Lake Forest Park resident Adrian Royal said.

Thieves hit up Royal’s mailbox — and it’s not the first time.

“I didn’t get my mail for like two months,” Royal said.

Last year, a thief stole Royal's personal information and forwarded all of his mail to another address.

“I am actually going to purchase a lock box with a key; I have to,” Royal said.

After Royal’s interview, Q13 FOX News noticed that his neighbor’s mailbox was also tampered with. We alerted the neighbor and she came out ,to see if her mail had been stolen.

“They couldn`t get anything out, thank God,” Margarita Andrijic said.

Police say a mailbox with a quality lock is the cheapest and most effective way to stop mail thieves.

Officer Morris Parrish says officers on patrol noticed more than 40 mailboxes had been tampered with overnight. It appears the thieves dumped mail they didn`t want out the window. Many residents may not even know they`ve been hit.

“They literally have piles of mail in the car; they are literally taking things that will be the most valuable stuff,” Parrish said.

Police are expecting more mail and package thefts with the holiday season around the corner.

It’s a good time to invest in a locked mailbox and have packages delivered to a secure location like a workplace.

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    • Ralph

      Lake Forest Park is north of Seattle. Things could get a lot worse under a Republican congress in D.C. Retirees will suffer when Paul Ryan cuts social security benefits and the elderly have no place to live. Another GOP recession is coming.

  • Mail Boss (@MailBoss)

    Quality locking mailboxes can go along way in preventing mail-ID theft. We’re a Redmond based family owned manufacturer of locking security mailboxes (Mail Boss) and we offer discounts for local customers, community orders, etc. In the greater Seattle area a lot of people have locking mailboxes so thieves will even break into low-quality locked mailboxes with a screwdriver. It’s important to get a good locking mailbox that can’t be fished by hand or popped open with a screwdriver!