That’s how long it took three police squad cars to arrive after a neighbor reported mail thieves in action.
Got them, too.
From an email this morning:
Yesterday afternoon I noticed two individuals (Caucasian female and Caucasian male, roughly mid 20s to early 30s) peering at homes, but otherwise just walking leisurely down the sidewalk (Eighth Avenue Northeast).
I readily acknowledge walking in the city isn’t a crime! They had no bags, and also didn’t have jackets, only sweatshirts (which I found odd as temperatures were in the low 50s).
Thirty minutes later I observed them with brown cardboard packages. He had a large package that appeared to be difficult to carry (2′ x 2′ x 2′) and she had 3-4 smaller packages.
I called 911 and provided the dispatcher with a description and the direction they were traveling.
Before SPD’s arrival, the male and female disposed of the packages (presumably storing them in a car or other location); they then started looking for more packages.
At that point, Seattle PD apprehended them (less than 10 minutes after my phone call, with 3 cruisers responding).
The response by the officers was swift and efficient. From my perspective, it was a significantly more positive experience than neighbors had 1-2 weeks ago (vehicles damaged). For reference, the incident # is 15-427242.
Let’s hope yesterday’s intervention slows down the holiday mail and package theft!
Also, see the Dec. 6th comment from Alarmed! in this recent post:
There seemed like a lot of signs of mail theft and we wanted the reminder to go get the mail when it arrived. Little did we know how often our chime would go off. Boy, were we shocked!
We’ve had the chime for a couple months now, and our mailbox has been opened by someone who is not us about once a week for at least the last 6 weeks. Usually on a weekend night. Usually around 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Occasionally 4-5 a.m. Usually when it’s raining.
Other recent mail theft reports from Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:
Dec 7th: “All 5 of the mail boxes we share a stand with were open when I left for work this morning. I thought I heard a car door open and close around 10ish p.m. last night. Guess I probably did. Just a friendly reminder to not leave your mail in your box overnight.”
Nov 30th: “On a walk this morning, I found a pile of mail on Northgate Way Northeast east of 20th Avenue Northeast. The mail was from one address on the 1900 block of Northgate. I placed the mail on the post next to the mailbox with that address (some of the mail seemed to be important *and* time sensitive). I did file a report with the USPS.”
Nov. 4th: “We live on Northeast 102nd Street between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast. All the mailboxes in our mailbox group were pried open today. These are all locking mailboxes. They actually left them open with the mail they didn’t want left there.”