Police: Modesto mail thief caught on camera

MODESTO - A young man was clearly caught on a home security camera system stealing the mail from the home's mailbox.

The man either didn't care or didn't notice that three cameras were within a few feet of him while he checked his surroundings, grabbed the mail, and stuffed it in a jacket.

"You're getting someone's identity. Some people still have credit cards and checks mailed to a residence," Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves said.

The homeowner posted the video and it's been shared by Facebook users more than 4,600 times. Police hope the Internet exposure leads to an arrest.

"The more this footage goes out there, the less likely we'll have people stealing mail or anything else for that matter," Graves said.

Dawne Hammond of Modesto was more than happy to share the video after seeing it.

"Using social media is a huge help trying to get these problems solved in our area," she said.

Graves offered these tips for people who could be targets of mail thieves: "Grab it [mail] as soon as you can. If you're not home, you can have a neighbor pick it up, and get a locked mailbox which secures the mail until you're able to pick it up," she said.


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