MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Saturday morning a woman got caught on camera breaking into a mailbox in Mesa.

The home that was target by the porch pirate is near Mesa Avenue and Southern Drive.

Security surveillance captured the woman as she broke into the mailbox of the home.

[WATCH: Woman caught on camera breaking into Mesa mailbox]

The footage shows the suspect working fast and intently to get the mailbox open.

There is still no word on who the woman is or what kind of mail she stole.

However, the case highlights a troubling reality.

According to the United States Postal Service, the vast majority of mail theft cases eventually turn into identity theft cases.

It is a fact that was not lost on the homeowner victimized in the Mesa.

“I don't know who has [my mail], what they're going do with it and how it can be used against me," said the homeowner. "So it makes me think."

For breaking into something so small, USPS said the penalties for mail theft are anything but simple.

According to the post office, mail pirates face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 


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(9) comments

Shredder

Gotta love the RING doorbell with camera. This person knew what she was doing. She probably has some connection to the homeowner.

TCAZ

Hey!! That's a federal crime!! Oh ... never mind ... smoking marijuana is a federal crime too ... [ninja] I'm shocked to see this woman do this ... Usually kids do this on the way to school in the morning (wasn't me mom ... JImmy picked me up and we drove directly to school!!).

AZ Native

They need to go back to the old mail slots that were built into the houses years ago here in Phoenix. There are still some around, my sister still has one at her house. The mail is put into the slot and the mail goes inside her house. At the house I grew up in it went into the garage. It's all kept nice & neat in a box that is built into the house. No mailbox for people to break into and no locks.

Paul Labiche

"The home that was target by the porch pirate is near Mesa Avenue and Southern Drive." It's Mesa Drive and Southern Ave.. If you can't properly report than maybe you shouldn't report at all.

MyOwnMind

What makes this daily activity newsworthy?

Big Rich

"The home that was target by the porch pirate is near Mesa Avenue and Southern Drive".......Is that supposed to be a sentence? Who writes this crapolla?....It is no wonder the media has the crappy reputation it has.

Dean

"According to the post office, mail pirates face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine." That depends on the judge and sleazy lawyers and if the ACLU gets involved.

Big Rich

I wish they would steal from MY MAILBOX once in a while. It would save me some trips to clean it out once in a while.......the only thing I get is junk mail...maybe I should just take down the mailbox......

Robs

Seems backpack is trademark for transients , homeless , just out of jail ect. in areas.

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