Crime in Three Rivers: Malicious vandals to federal criminals

Crime in Three Rivers
Established at a nearby site in 1890, and relocated to its present site a couple of decades later, the historic Kaweah Post Office is an official California State Historic Landmark and the most photographed site in Three Rivers.

 

Kaweah Post Office vandalized and mail stolen

Crime is sporadic in Three Rivers and apparently some not even worth reporting. So to the casual, more sinister visitor, there appears to be lots of easy pickings. That’s likely what three suspects, the second incident involved a male and female duo, were thinking who vandalized the historic Kaweah Post Office in a  two week period. 

In the first incident a vandal damaged three of the heirloom postal boxes but didn’t take any thing of value. On Saturday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. a couple returned to the scene of the earlier crime. They could see the rows of the distinctive postal boxes, many with uncollected mail. Crime in Three Rivers

What they did next was probably more serious than what they knew they were actually doing. They pried the padlock off the old wooden door that separated the lobby of the century old post office from its mailroom.

In a matter of minutes, the unidentified pair had entered the mailroom and scooped up the uncollected mail.  Of course, most of the dozens of pieces of mail were of the junk variety.

Could there have been a credit card offer or maybe an uncashed check? Federal postal inspectors hope there was because that is often how the theft is detected and suspect captured.

If apprehended and convicted of mail theft, the couple could be sentenced up to five years in federal prison or a fine of $250,000 or both. Although surveillance footage was grainy, all three perpetrators were heavily inked with tattoos. Crime in Three Rivers

The investiagtion is ongoing. Anyone who might have seen supicious activity around the Kaweah Post Office, particularly on the evening of July 25th, is requested to call Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy at 559-740-8894.  

 

Crime in Three Rivers
This old wooden door separates the lobby from the mailroom where mail is sorted into the historic postal boxes. The Kaweah Post Office, established in 1890, is arguably the oldest continuously operating post office in the U.S.

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7 thoughts on “Crime in Three Rivers: Malicious vandals to federal criminals

  • July 31, 2020 at 7:03 am
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    Why not publish the security camera photos of the heavily inked subjects?

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  • July 31, 2020 at 9:06 am
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    Thanks for the article and the great photos. Actually there were two separate crimes with two different thieves involved, but all three were heavily tattooed, whatever that means. Don’t think publishing photos is appropriate. Kathleen

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    • August 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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      Even if they do get caught. Our governor will release them. If he is releasing pedophiles and violent offenders then what do these vandals and burglars have to worry about. Do the crime then spend no time!!

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      • August 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm
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        Sanya: It’s a federal offense and not under California jurisdiction.

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  • July 31, 2020 at 3:31 pm
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    Hello,

    Are there photos of the subjects? So residents in the areas of Three Rivers can keep an eye out just in case we see them prowling in our neighborhood.

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  • July 31, 2020 at 5:23 pm
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    So sad, I wish someone could volunteer daily to stay around til 5 or so. Such a beautiful little post office. 💕

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  • August 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm
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    Cuts into my heart. Such a loss and so expensive to repair. Takes heritage craftsmen, lots of tricks, and Love to do it. But if anyplace might have a couple of these craftsmen, Three Rivers might.
    ‘Sheltering Away’ and OK. Jane Dagerman. Long Beach Ca

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