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MORE STOLEN MAIL: A valley woman fed up by missing mail, installs camera to catch crook

Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 05:37:07-04

NORTHWEST LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — One valley woman has had enough of one crook stealing her mail and after 13 Action News reported on stolen mail being dumped at the Nellis Dunes, she thinks it could be the same person.

Heather Birch lives a few houses away from the neighborhood mailbox in Montecito Village but not close enough to see who was opening it.

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"[The person] is opening the whole mailbox and you can see her or him. I think it's a her, just offloading the whole mailbox," Birch says.

She believes the theft started in July but at first, had no idea how her mail (and her neighbors) went missing until she installed a camera by her living room window.

Her main concern was identity theft and missing gifts for her children.

"It feels like a true violation. The fact that they can have our identity is really scary to us."

To her shocking discovery, the person committed the crimes late at night between 1:00 A.M and 4:00 P.M. Birch believes that person had a master key.

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Two videos were provided to 13 Action News in which a person is seen getting off a car and a truck on July 22 and the 26.

"Literally, in a split second, the whole thing gets opened up."

She says the thief was brave, striking as many as three times a week before she installed her camera.

Birch is almost convinced the person could be the one dumping stolen mail at the Nellis Dunes.

"Our car registration got stolen. Our neighbors said that they had mail missing, missing checks, they had a credit card go missing," Birch says.

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Birch says she's called the police and the US Postal Services but hasn't been able to get much of the help she desires. She did say USPS did change the mailbox master key in early August.

"It's going to keep happening until something is done [to those] type of people."