Reward offered after mail collection box stolen in north Phoenix

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Photo of similar collection box By Jennifer Thomas Photo of similar collection box By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A blue mail collection box in Phoenix was stolen late Monday or early Tuesday and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward to help find the person responsible.

The collection box was located near Seventh Avenue and Melinda Lane, which is south of Deer Valley Road.

The Postal Service last collected mail from the box at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Monday. The empty collection box was recovered early Tuesday morning near Interstate 17 and Acoma Drive.

The Postal Service is installing a replacement collection box at the location.

Customers depositing mail after the last known collection time on Monday should call 1-877-876-2455.

The Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.

Mail theft carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 1-877-876-2455.