COHASSET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cohasset Police were on the hunt to recover hundreds of letters, postcards, and packages that were stolen from residents' mailboxes and front porches Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Police said that they believe these crimes occurred on Jerusalem Road between Hull Street and Forest Avenue, and that they have found missing pieces of mail in roadways scattered across town.
Police have identified at least 40 victims that have been robbed of their mail, and notified the U.S Postal Service. Police said they are working with the United States Postal Inspection Service to both identify the perpetrator(s) and return packages to the intended recipients.
Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley asked residents who find stray mail or packages to return them to the Cohasset Police Station. Quigley also encouraged residents to contact senders or track their packages using online tools provided by delivery companies.
Police shared tips from the National Neighborhood Watch to prevent future package thefts, including getting a P.O box at a local post office, require signatures upon delivery, and installing security cameras outside. Recipients can also sign up for the USPS "Informed Delivery" service, which police said will send a daily email with a picture or scan of the mail received.
WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.