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Battle Ground police investigating mail thefts

By , Columbian staff writer

The Battle Ground Police Department is asking for the community’s help identifying a mail thief suspected of stealing from about 70 people earlier this week.

Battle Ground police are investigating break-ins at seven cluster-style mailboxes between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Southwest Sixth and Fifth streets and Southwest 17th Avenue, according to a press release.

The agency is asking people in those areas to review any security footage that might help identify the thief or their vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Battle Ground police at 311.

Mailbox break-ins are on the rise in Clark County, the press release stated. To protect against mail theft, Battle Ground police encouraged people to check their mail daily, tell people not to send money in the mail, and ask friends and family to let them know when they’ve sent something. People can also sign up for U.S. Postal Service Informed Delivery to preview mail scheduled to arrive. People can also opt out of junk mail, such as unsolicited pre-approved credit card offers on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

Residents can also protect their properties by keeping porch lights on at night, keeping bushes trimmed away from sidewalks and mailboxes, and getting to know their neighbors, the police department stated.

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