Stolen postal box leaves Louisville woman questioning USPS

Published: Mar. 15, 2014 at 3:29 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2014 at 3:29 AM EDT
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Surveillance video from cameras around her store.
Surveillance video from cameras around her store.
Sandra Fant
Sandra Fant

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A West Louisville woman said she's concerned more people have lost money than the U.S. Post Office is letting on after someone stole a postal box.

The heist happened overnight March 1. Sandra Fant, who owns The Liquor Store on West Broadway, said dropped her mail in the box that night and grew concerned after companies called to say she had missed payments.

"I'm frustrated, because I take care of my business and I pay my bills," Fant said. "I've never heard somebody talk about a mailbox being stolen. A whole mailbox?"

Fant looked at surveillance video from cameras around her store. They appear to show her getting into her SUV and driving to the postal box. Within an hour, a postman makes a scheduled collection. The box remains until dark, when it's no longer visible on camera, and has disappeared by morning.

Adel Valdez, a Louisville postal inspector, said there are no suspects in the theft. Metro Police found the box the next day off Post Office property, he said.

Only one piece of mail was in the box, there were no signs that some broke into it, and no one else has called to report missing mail, Valdez said.

"We don't have any reason to believe mail was stolen," he said, adding that the only way the Post Office would know is if someone called to complain.

The last scheduled collection for the box on Saturdays is 3 p.m. Fant questioned that only one person dropped mail between then and sundown that day.

"This is the west end of Louisville. Basically, this is the only mailbox we have," she said. "People should know their mail has been stolen."

Many people pay bills with money orders and, if they don't keep the receipts, they'll never recover the money, Fant said. She showed WAVE 3 News the check stubs she's put stop orders on since learning about the theft.

Valdez couldn't remember another theft of a postal box during his nearly eight years on the job in Louisville.

Postal inspectors have no suspects but are keeping their investigation open, he said. People with concerns should call the national hotline at 1-877-876-2455.

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