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Mail theft from post office boxes still a problem in New Orleans area, across the country
Five months after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office warned residents to stop using the big blue U.S Postal Service collection boxes, authorities want residents to be aware that mail theft continues to be a problem.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office in June issued the same warning to its residents after seeing an uptick in bank fraud cases related to stolen mail.
"Hitting boxes," as the scheme is known by some, has become a popular crime, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Sheriff's Office.