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.
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