Raising the flag on your mailbox can be a signal to thieves, especially during the holidays. According to Weston police, several mailboxes were raided last week. In one case on Lyons Plain Road near Coley Drive, a $20 gift for the mail carrier was stolen. Another Lyons Plain Road resident left a gift for the mail carrier and less than two hours later the gift was taken.
Weston residents also reported a variety of items missing from their mailboxes along Georgetown Road and on Weddington Lane near Kellogg Hill Road.
All thefts were believed to have taken place between Dec. 20 and Dec. 24. A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service in Westport said that several carriers have also found packages in Weston that were ripped open and the contents removed.
The problem has intensified this year, although last year the problem was bad in Westport. This year, very few Westport residents have reported incidents, according to the post office spokesperson.
Residents are advised not to use their mailbox flag if they have left a gift inside, and to abstain from leaving cash gifts, which are untraceable.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, or if you have seen any suspicious activity around mailboxes, the police ask that you contact them at (203) 222-2600.
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