Hundreds of packages were stolen from the Aguanga post office just days before Christmas, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
The theft of between 300 to 400 packages in the rural southwest community was reported about 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 23 and was believed to have occurred sometime after the evening of the 22nd, said Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
No information on any suspects was available, Pecoraro said Wednesday.
This incident is one of the latest in a long line of mail thefts nationwide that has frustrated customers and at times has resulted in charges against Postal Service employees themselves.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, citing the ongoing investigation, would not confirm the Aguanga burglary. Nor would officials answer any questions, such as where the packages were stored or why the Postal Service was unable to prevent their theft.
Customers can report any mail theft by calling the Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or by filing a report online at uspis.gov, spokeswoman Alyssa Rodriguez said in an email.