Postal investigators are investigating recent incidents in California in which mailbags were found dumped in a parking lot and in a nearby alley for no apparent reason.
The troubling incidents in Glendale, about 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, came amid a national debate over the integrity of the nation’s postal system – just weeks before a U.S. presidential election in which postal ballot papers are expected to play a prominent role because of this the coronavirus pandemic.
After the dropped mail was discovered, Glendale police alerted U.S. Postal Service investigators that the improper treatment of mail could be a federal crime, Los Angeles-based FOX 1
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The unloading in the parking lot of 7Q Spa Laser and Aesthetics was reported by the business owner, who was alerted by one of her employees. That employee checked the store’s surveillance camera footage, where a rental truck pulled into the parking lot and mail was unloaded, FOX reported 11.
The agent “called me and also posted the video in the parking lot with a number of USPS packages,” said spa owner Lilian Serobian. “I’ve seen the big budget [rental] truck [in the video] Go back to the parking lot and drop off the packages one by one.
“Then I found out that this wasn’t the first incident in the area,” she added.
Glendale police later told Serobian that a similar stack of mail was found in an alley a few blocks from their store, she said.
“It was so suspicious,” continued the spa owner. “Dropping a box or two would not be an accident. It was a pile of huge, unopened boxes of various sizes. Maybe there is something behind this that I don’t know about, but hopefully they will find out and prevent this from happening. “
A US Postal Service spokeswoman told FOX 11 that the agency is not commenting on an ongoing investigation.
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But postal officials told Los Angeles KABC-TV that the truck driver was a contractor and not a postal worker. The agency told KCBS-TV from Los Angeles that any discarded mail would be collected and delivered to the rightful recipients.
Other email incidents have raised concerns across the country in the past few weeks.
Earlier this month, nearly 3,000 Georgia voters filed complaints with election officials claiming their postal vote for the August 11 primary was not in time to vote, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.