Mail a hot target for holiday thieves

While last-minute shoppers were hustling to fetch gifts in the final days before Christmas, crooks in The City were working overtime.

One man allegedly used his son and nephew to swipe mail from postboxes in Bernal Heights, and thieves were peering into more car windows than usual, hoping to spot unattended gifts, during the peak of the holiday season, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Three days before Christmas, a man was arrested for allegedly handing his young son and nephew plastic bags and sticks with instructions to steal mail from mailboxes, Ingleside Station police said.

A witness reported the thefts to cops, who responded to the area of Crescent Avenue and Gates Street. Police detained the trio, saying they possessed a “copious amount” of mail.

After the arrest, the boys were released to a parent, police said. Police said they have made contact with some mail owners.

Thefts from cars are as annual a tradition during the holidays. Police last week said the Marina Safeway appeared to be the hot spot for last-minute shopping thefts.

The Central Police Station, which includes Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, and the Taraval Police Station, which includes Stonestown Mall, have also reported a number of auto boosts during this holiday season.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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