Video: Thieves go ‘postal,’ cracking the locks on several North Carolina drop boxes

WLOS Asheville — A warning after what’s considered a safe way to mail your personal information is compromised.

Vandals broke into at least three of the U.S. Postal Service’s blue curbside mailboxes in Buncombe and Henderson counties and failed to get into a fourth.

It’s a federal offense, punishable by five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines. U.S. Postal Inspectors say, people typically trust these boxes more than the box in front of their homes. Typically, they’re more secure, but, in this case, the metal was pried back and what was inside was stolen.

Usually, it’s you dropping off your mail in the big blue curbside boxes, and postal carriers picking it up. Friday, U.S. Postal Service maintenance crews were picking up more than just mail after thieves pried their way into drop boxes, making their own heist of your information.

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