Third mail collection box stolen in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- For the third time this month, a blue mail collection box was stolen in Phoenix.

The collection box near 19th and Maryland avenues was reported missing Tuesday morning. The U.S. Postal Service last collected mail from the box at approximately 1:41 p.m. on Monday.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, there is reason to believe the collection box was removed and loaded into a late-model, white Nissan Sentra sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

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

Customers who deposited mail in the box after the last known collection time on Monday should call the Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455, select option 3, and file a mail theft complaint.

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

The Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the theft. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 1-877-876-2455, option 5.

This is the third mail theft in Phoenix in less than two weeks. A collection box was stolen from 15th Street and Missouri Avenue between Nov. 5 and Nov. 8. Another blue collection box was stolen either Nov. 4 or Nov. 5 near Central Avenue and Thomas Road.