Women steal mail from residents in Amarillo

AMARILLO, Texas---A recent rash of mail theft in Amarillo is keeping police busy this holiday season.

UPS, FedEX and USPS are working hard to deliver mail to residents throughout the Panhandle everyday.

But just like the postal workers, thieves are busy too.

Amarillo Police say three women are responsible for over 100 incidents involving mail theft in the last 3 weeks.

"They're actually taking the mail that the postman has already delivered," Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said.

The trio is mainly targeting residents living on the southwest side of town.

"The best advice is to get that mail out of your mailbox as quickly as you can," Neufeld says.

With a lot of us working a 9-5 job, picking up our mail may not be easy.

UPS is trying to change that. They recently launched a program on Nov. 1 called "MyChoice."

"If you aren't at home or are away from home, you can delay your package delivery date and time," Shane Miller with UPS said. "If you need it to arrive at a certain time, you can do that."

For a small fee, you can avoid the headache and mystery of wondering when that Christmas gift may be left in your mailbox or on your doorstep.

"With this program, you can ship your item to one of our store locations," Miller said. "That way, you know where your package is going and it's just more of a convenience to our customers."

He said they launched this new program following a similar option customers have when using FedEX shipping services.

Miller also suggests using a signature confirmation service, not delivery confirmation.

"Delivery confirmation only confirms the item has been delivered and dropped off at your doorstep," Miller said.

If you also have a mailbox easily assessable to cars passing by on the street, Cpl. Neuefld suggests investing in a locking mail box.

This way, your smaller packages and letters will not be targets for thieves.

As of Dec. 9, Amarillo Police are still searching for the three women allegedly stealing mail from residents.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Amarillo Crimestoppers at 374-4400.

For more information on the UPS "MyChoice" program, log onto www.ups.com/mychoice .