LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - Authorities are investigating a rash of mail thefts in Larimer County where thieves are prying off the backs of cluster mailboxes in mountain communities west of Fort Collins.
Cluster mailboxes are centralized boxes housing mail for multiple residences that are often used in rural areas.
Larimer County sheriff's investigators and U.S. Postal inspectors are investigating the thefts after receiving numerous complaints from residents, said sheriff's spokesman John Schulz.
The thieves are targeting mountain communities that were also ravaged by the High Park wildfire last summer.
Cluster boxes in the 3800 block of Sky Ridge Lane and near the intersection of Lodgepole Drive and Red Ridge Trail were damaged last weekend by someone who pried open the back of the boxes and stole mail, Schulz said.
Thieves have hit cluster mailboxes throughout Rist Canyon, Schulz said. In addition to missing mail, postal customers are also reporting receiving mail that belongs to someone else.
Investigators are asking postal customers to report any instance of suspected mail theft to the Sheriff's Office. Residents are also asked to be alert for any unusual activity occurring around cluster mailboxes and notify the Sheriff's Office immediately.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985. People who leave anonymous tips with Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 may also be eligible for a cash reward.