USPS: Sticky mouse trap used in attempted mail theft

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The United States Postal Service in Wichita says there was a recent possible attempted mail theft involving at least one of its collection boxes.

Postal workers found a sticky mouse trap stuck on the inside of the chute of one of the boxes, said Kelli Cunningham, Supervisor of Customer Service Support for the U.S. Postal Service in Wichita. The trap was designed to catch mail as it went down the chute, she said.

Cunningham did not comment on where the box is located.

"Postal employees noticed it right away and removed it from the box," Cunningham said.

The attempted theft was turned over to the Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement segment of the U.S. Postal Service.

Cunningham says she believes the would-be thieves were unsuccessful in their attempt to steal mail.

She says this is not the first time someone has tried.

"People have tried to fish things out of the collection box (in the past)," Cunningham said. "It's not very easy to do."

It's not very easy very to do, if not impossible to do, because of the way the boxes are made, Cunningham said.

"They are constructed in such a way that it is difficult for anyone to pull anything back out of the box," Cunningham said. "We are working at installing devices that make it even more difficult."

Efforts to make the boxes more secure were in the works before this recent incident, Cunningham said.

"I want to stress that I do feel our collection boxes are safe and we are being diligent in making sure they stay safe," Cunningham said.

Hearing someone would try to use a sticky mouse trap to steal mail surprised many people who spoke to KAKE News outside the downtown Wichita post office.

"I think it's an act of desperation," Wichita's Deirdre Alden said. "It's ridiculous and it's stupid."

Many customers say the discovery of the trap does not change their opinion that the boxes are a secure and useful tool.

"I don't think I would not use them now," Michael Allen said. "But it is just one of those bizarre things."

Customers say they think the boxes may be safer than ever given postal employees are on the look out.

"We are watching diligently," Cunningham said. "We do everything we can to ensure that they are secure."

For tips on how to protect yourself against mail theft, please visit the U.S. Postal Inspector's mail theft prevention page

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