New Orleans police have arrested a man accused of stealing a U.S. Postal Service master key, one of the most important items belonging to letter carriers who use them to open locked mail collection boxes.
Blue mail collection boxes are typically found outside post offices and in other public places. Craft's arrest came a month after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office warned the public to stop depositing mail in these boxes, because of a spate of mail thefts from them across the New Orleans area. The Sheriff’s Office said criminals could use banking information on stolen mail to create fake checks and drain victims’ accounts.