Philadelphia police see increase in mail thefts, attacks on carriers in recent weeks

In 2021, about 49 million Americans, or about 19% of the population, reported having at least one package stolen.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — In recent weeks, there has been an increase in mail theft and attacks on mail carriers throughout Philadelphia and much of the country.

Philadelphia Police released video of a recent attack on an aircraft carrier in Kensington.

“Twice is kinda crazy,” Tanya Brandona said after learning her postman had been robbed twice in one week.

“He is nice. Always talkative, very nice. (He) just cares about all of us and about the neighbors,” she said.

In surveillance video obtained by 6abc, the haulier tried to chase after a man who snatched his keys from him on Sergeant Street on December 2. Just three days later, it happened again near the same area. This time the porter was mugged and his bag stolen. In surveillance video, the suspect can be seen carrying the bag while opening stolen mail.

This crime is part of a growing trend in Philadelphia that’s drawing the attention of US Attorneys.

“There has been an increase in mail-related crime, including mail theft, check laundering and mail carrier robbery,” said Jacqueline Romero, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, Haverford Township Police said they caught three men stealing mail from a blue mail collection box on the 1600 block of Darby Road. When they tried to stop the car the three suspects were in, police said the men started throwing the stolen mail out the window. They seized almost 500 pieces of mail.

In 2021, about 49 million Americans, or about 19% of the population, reported having at least one package stolen.

Police believe the same person attacked the postman and stole the mail both times. Once he’s caught, he’ll face federal charges.

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