ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a crime that seems to be happening more and more. Thieves are breaking into mailboxes and swiping people’s mail.It turns out the crime itself may be getting easier and easier.
Police say 36-year-old Jeremy Lara was caught stealing mail- according to a criminal complaint, police caught on to Lara after someone saw him and two others stealing mail in Albuquerque.
Rio Rancho police later arrested him right in front of one of the mailboxes, saying both the main doors were open and the stolen mail in his hands.
Police then searched the car he was in where they found more mail, and a counterfeit U.S. Postal Service key.
Investigators say Lara admitted to stealing mail from a handful of community mailboxes, saying he was able to make the key using a template he found on the internet.
That has some people concerned.