Sticky substance in mailboxes could be part of possible mail theft
A glue-like substance found in blue mailboxes in the northeast part of the Valley could be something more serious than a prank.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A glue-like substance found in blue mailboxes in the northeast part of the Valley could be something more serious than a prank.
A postal inspector told Action News the post office is now investigating the case as possible mail theft.
"This is quite scary if it's mail theft," said mail customer Eva Pedersen.
Pedersen noticed the problem in January inside a box on Hollywood Boulevard at Sidehill Way.
"I looked inside the box and I saw something on the back of the mailbox that was a glue-like substance," said Pedersen.
The substance covered the back of the slot where the mail is supposed to drop down into the box.
Another customer posted a handwritten note on the box asking the letter carrier to address the issue. Pedersen took her mail to a different box on Lake Mead Boulevard near Los Feliz Street and found the same problem.
"It was a transparent, sticky substance that you could scrape off with some effort," said Pedersen.
Concerned about her mail, she emailed Action News. We reported the issue to the post office, who said both boxes were cleaned up in several days. The postal service said our calls were the first they heard of the issue.
While Pedersen thought she may have discovered a prank, the postal service is investigating the case as possible mail theft, said inspector Vicki Lenard. While it's unclear exactly what the sticky stuff is, Lenard said the tactic was used many years ago as a way to steal mail.
"It's not something we see frequently anymore," said Lenard in an interview Jan. 25. "The Post Office has installed counter measures to prevent this type of thing from happening."
Lenard said there's no evidence that any mail was actually stolen, but the investigation continues. The act does not appear to be a prank, said Lenard.
"This is quite scary if it's mail theft," said Pedersen.