Mailboxes broken into at Cave Junction Post Office

Upadte: A clerk with the Cave Junction Post Office said a report has been filed.

Cave Junction, Ore. — Many residents in Cave Junction are missing their mail, after some 40 mailboxes were broken into at the post office. New hours are in place as an added security measure, but not all residents are happy about it.

“I already heard they got broken into,” Deborah Dillon said. “You can see in the isles, there’s at least 30 to 50 boxes broken into.”

On the door outside, a sign is posted, noting the recent vandalism, and as a result, a change in hours.

It reads: “ATTENTION POST OFFICE BOX CUSTOMERS: Due to CONTINUING vandalism, (MOST RECENTLY 10/20/2016) we will again be temporarily limiting access to the Post Office Box Lobby. Monday – Friday 7:30 – 4:30, Saturday 07:30 – 11:00. We are working on repairs to balance safety, the protection of your mail, and providing convenience to you, our important customers. We appreciate your business!”

Sheriff Dave Daniel said the theft wasn’t even reported to the Sheriff’s Office; he heard about it through our report.

“We’re going to be working with the post master, see if there’s any video footage, conducting the standard investigation,” Sheriff Daniel said. “The mailboxes were obviously pried, just using force.”

Residents said there aren’t any cameras inside the building. That’s something Dillon is hoping will change.

“It is a government agency, there’s no reason why it doesn’t have some cameras,” Dillon said, adding that resident need to be vigilant as well. “We are the ones that are affected, like I said, so we need to do our part too.”

In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who saw anything to come forward with information.

“If we’re out, we’ll get there, if we’re not, just be the best witness you can,” Sheriff Daniel said.

Last year the post office was rebuilt after it burned to the ground in 2013. That crime is still unsolved.

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