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Officers from the 104th Precinct are again warning the residents of Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth that mailbox fishing is on the rise after reports of the crime have continued to skyrocket over the past two weeks.

In a community alert sent out on Aug. 15, Detective Thomas Bell of the Community Affairs Unit warned residents that the precinct now has 38 reports of mailbox fishing this year, and 19 over the past 28-day period.

While most of the reports have been in Glendale, Bell said, the threat is to the entire precinct because “these criminals can shift locations at any time.”

The alert is notable for its addition to a previous alert released by the precinct on Aug. 2 that reported 15 mailbox fishing reports had been received during the previous 28-day period.

The precinct also updated its list of mailboxes that have been hit, some of which have already been retrofitted in an attempt to prevent thefts:

  • 69-36 Myrtle Ave. (near the Glendale USPS station)
  • Gates Avenue and Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood
  • 67th Place and Myrtle Avenue, Glendale
  • Fresh Pond Road and 59th Drive, Maspeth
  • Menahan Street and Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood
  • 76th Street and Myrtle Avenue, Glendale
  • 64th Place and Cooper Avenue, Glendale
  • 79th Place and 77th Avenue, Glendale
  • Fresh Pond Road and Putnam Avenue, Ridgewood
  • 75th Street and 78th Avenue, Glendale
  • 71-17 69th Street, Glendale (new)
  • 64th Street and 68th Avenue, Ridgewood (new)
  • 61st Street and Maspeth Avenue, Maspeth (new)
  • St. Felix Avenue and Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood (new)
  • 71st Street and Myrtle Avenue, Glendale (new)
  • 77-16 64th St., Glendale (new)
  • 69-35 Myrtle Ave., Glendale (new)
  • 64th Lane and 80th Avenue, Glendale (new)
  • 21-10 Grove St., Ridgewood (new)
  • 60th Street and 60th Road, Maspeth (new)

“We have been in contact with the Postal Inspectors for the area who are currently investigating right along side our detectives,” Bell said. “We are hopeful all of the mailboxes in the area will be retrofitted with the new boxes, which should curtail most of these thefts.”

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