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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
Phoenix Division


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2010

For further information call:
Postal Inspector Patricia Armstrong (602) 223-3269

Theft of Postal Blue Collection Box

PHOENIX, Ariz. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of a blue collection box stolen from 15th Street and East Missouri Avenue, specifically 1550 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. It was reported missing on Monday morning, November 8.

An active investigation is underway with more than 60 law enforcement officers from across the country committed to finding those responsible for the murders. “Postal Inspectors’ duties include protecting postal employees and investigating violent crimes that may occur at postal facilities. Homicides in the Postal Service are rare, but when do they occur, make no mistake, we will aggressively investigate to find those responsible,” said Inspector in Charge Martin D. Phanco of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Atlanta Division.

The Postal Service last collected mail from the box on Friday, November 5, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Customers depositing mail after the last known collection time on Friday and before Monday morning should call the Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455, select option 3 and file a mail theft complaint.

The Postal Service is installing a replacement collection box at the location. As a reminder, when depositing outgoing mail in a collection box, customers should always check that day's collection schedule posted on the receptacle and make sure mail is deposited before the last posted collection time.

Mail theft is a violation of the United States Federal Criminal Code Title 18 U.S.C. 1708 and carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. Anyone with information regarding this case, please call (877) 876-2455, option 5. For media inquiries, please contact Postal Inspector Patricia Armstrong at (602) 223-3269.

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