The Ephrata Police Department is investigating the theft of mail from Ephrata area curbside US Postal Service mailboxes. Ephrata Police are cooperating with the United States Postal Inspection Service. Police believe that the suspects used a low-tech device to remove mail from the boxes. Police suspect that any curbside US Postal Service mailbox could have been compromised but know the following mailbox locations were compromised: Park Ave and West Locust Street, North State Street and Duke Street, North State Street and Chestnut Street, East Pine Street and Washington Ave., and South State Street and Orange Street.
If you have placed checks or sensitive mail in an Ephrata area curbside US Postal Service mailbox between Saturday March 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday March 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., please contact your bank and place a fraud alert on your account. Police also recommend that you track the check or sensitive mail to ensure that it reaches its destination or contact the payee and notify them of the situation.
Contacting the police is not necessary if you placed mail in an Ephrata area mailbox; however, if you determine checks are missing or fraudulent activity occurs on your account, contact your bank and your local police department.
Ephrata Police encourage anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity or witnesses future suspicious activity around curbside US Postal Service mailboxes to contact your local police.