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Lock up letterboxes, Sydneysiders warned

May 24th, 2011 Australia


Residents have been warned to lock up their letterboxes after up to 1000 mail items were stolen in inner Sydney.

Two men were arrested early on Monday morning after locals spotted them acting suspiciously in Redfern.

Detective Inspector Leanne McCusker says mail has been stolen from blocks of flats along Cleveland Street but has declined to identify the buildings.

Asked how many residents were affected, she said, “We’re talking about a couple of hundred, maybe up to a thousand.”

Insp McCusker said residents needed to secure their letterbox the way they would a house.

“You need to be securing your house,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

“Your letterbox contains a lot of valuable property and your identification.”

She also advised residents to know their neighbours and call police if they saw someone not from the area acting suspiciously.

After Monday’s arrests, police seized credit cards, bank statements, mail, cash and methylamphetamine from a home and unit in nearby Chippendale.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with five offences relating to the allegedly stolen items.

He has been refused bail to appear in Central Local Court in Sydney on Wednesday.

A 45-year-old man has been charged with having goods in custody suspected of being stolen, and has been bailed to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on June 14.