United States Postal Service collection boxes were broken into overnight Saturday in at least two towns, according to police.
Police said one of the mail receptacles targeted was on the property of the Wilton Post Office at 15 Hubbard Road. Two other boxes were also broken into outside of the Weston Post Office and a third one between Weston Road and Camelot Real Estate, police said.
Both incidents involved forced entry at some point between the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 5 — when the boxes were last emptied before the crimes were committed — and the following Sunday morning, police said.
Weston Police Chief Edwin Henion said it appears the perpetrators pried open the boxes. Police said they are uncertain of what exactly was stolen during the separate incidents.
“If you recently used a USPS Collection Box located on the Wilton Post Office property during the time frame of the above incident please monitor your accounts,” police spokesman Lt. Rob Kluk said.
Any fraudulent activity can be reported to Wilton or Weston police departments for investigation. As of Monday, no other surrounding towns had reported similar incidents.
Both incidents were referred to United States Postal Inspection Service for further investigation.
The crime of mail theft from residential mail boxes and public USPS collection boxes has been on the rise across the region, according to local officials.
“I’ve been with the postal service a while now and, anecdotally speaking, there’s been an upward tick in this,” United States Postal Service spokesperson Maureen Marion said.
Police are advising residents to submit mail of any importance or value directly inside of their local post offices to avoid being victimized by similar schemes.