The U.S. Postal Inspector has notified some South End Tacoma residents to watch their financial accounts after mail was stolen from a postal vehicle Wednesday.
The vehicle was parked in the alley in the 5400 block of Pacific Avenue while a mail carrier made deliveries. She returned to the vehicle around 11 a.m. and found the driver’s side window smashed out, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The mail from one of the trays was missing.
The carrier didn’t see anyone around. A person who knows the carrier stopped and reported seeing a man running away from the postal truck while carrying an armful of mail, Fulghum said.
The man was described as white, around 30 years old and bald. He wore a brown shirt and black shorts. He was last seen running west on South 54th Street, Fulghum said.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service sent a letter to impacted customers, encouraging them to keep an eye on their financial records. Mail thieves tend to try to steal someone identity or cash checks they find in the stolen envelopes.
“Generally, items taken are primarily checks, which are altered and cashed, or credit cards and convenience checks,” the letter, which was shared with The News Tribune, states. “I encourage you to contact at least one of the three credit reporting agencies to obtain a copy of your credit report and place a security alert on your credit file; as well as contacting your financial institution regarding unauthorized transactions against your account.”
No arrests have been reported in the case.