Video: Police In Brentwood CA Warn Public About Brazen, Apparently Connected Mail Thieves

BRENTWOOD (CBSLA.com)  —  Police in Brentwood are asking the public if they can help them nab a series of mail thieves.Security cameras in one building — the Regency Royale — caught one alleged thief who appears to have a master key to mailboxes. The mystery, of course, is how she obtained the master key in the first place.

CBS2’s Greg Mills reported this suspect filled her big bag with mail and snagged a large package.

And then she fled.

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  • Poor Richard

    The USPS needs to rethink how secure those “master” arrow keys and locks are. I did a little checking, and if one source is accurate they have been around for over 90 years.

    If you rated our lock and key system on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest level of security, I’d rate ours at about a 2 or 3. The arrow key wouldn’t be difficult to duplicate, and I’d think the locks wouldn’t be that hard to pick open. The configuration of the key is basically a 2-dimensional piece of sheet metal with a groove in the middle. You could scan the key, and make a duplicate from the image.

    Their real claim to fame for security to foil thieves appears to be, they are an accountable item checked out and in daily by the letter carrier using it for the day, and those federal laws with harsh threats of fines and imprisonment or both if the keys are duplicated or the locks tampered with.

    Of course, in this day and age all USPS employees are 100 percent honest, and 100 percent of thieves are scared to death of federal laws.