Police, troopers receive reports of thefts from mail boxes

Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers last week received multiple reports of mail box thefts on the lower Kenai Peninsula. From Jan. 9 to Jan. 11 alone, police got four calls of packages stolen from unsecured mailboxes on Race Road near East Hill Road, Glenview Drive, Skyline Drive and South Slope Drive. One package went missing before Christmas and another on Jan. 7.

“It’s very disturbing. It’s a hard thing for us to patrol and enforce,” said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl. “The only advice I can give peole is to try to get their mail out of their mailbox as soon as possible unitl we can figure out who’s doing this and put a stop to it.”

The only lead police have was a witness who reported seeing a maroon van in the Race Road incident that was reported about 10:20 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Troopers also have been receiving reports of stolen mail outside of Homer city limits.

“We have been fielding numerous calls in the last week to ten days,” said Sgt. Daniel Cox, head of the Anchor Point Trooper Post. “The postal system sent out a card informing people to call AST and then the postal inspector.”

Cox said he has handled six to 10 in the last two weeks and about the same amount for each of his troopers.