Suspected mail thief caught on camera

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton police are looking for the person they say broke into a U.S. Mail truck last week. What the alleged thief didn’t know — was that he was caught on camera.

Police tell 10 On Your Side officers were called out the 100 block of Pochin Place just after 3 p.m. last Monday. Detectives say the suspect stole mail and the mailman’s personal belongings.

A nearby resident saw the suspect behind her home and took several pictures of him with her cell phone. The photos appear to show him in the act of ripping open U.S. Postal boxes and letters. The resident confronted the suspect and he rode away on his bike.

“I’ve never seen him before and to be in the alley is kind of suspicious, because there is nobody ever out there,” said a neighbor who wished not to be identified.

Police believe before the suspect ended up in the alleyway, he was around the corner on Pochin, where he broke into a U.S. Postal truck and stole letters and packages and even some of the mailman’s personal belongings.

“He had packages in his hands and on the ground all around him that have been opened already,” added the neighbor. “He was in the process of opening more.”

“Hopefully we are putting this out and we will be able to get somebody that recognizes him,” said Hampton Police Detective Jeff Lawrence.

Hampton Police say they are working with the U.S. Postal Inspector.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.