Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

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Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave
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Dear Montecito residents,

If you live on Las Canoas, School House Rd, Mission Canyon, Holly Rd., Toro Canyon, E. Valley Rd, Mt. Calvary, Jesusita Ln, Schulte Ln, Hot Springs Rd, Las Alturas, Alisal Rd,  or anywhere in the Montecito area – please know that your mail is being stolen.  We know because we, in Painted Cave, keep finding your mail.

Community members have been diligently checking the hillsides of Painted Cave Rd. and using ropes, been scrambling down the mountain to retrieve your's and our mail. Initially, we contacted the Sheriff’s Department but were informed that they would not come up to retrieve the mail, so we did.  We were told that if anyone was ‘missing mail’ to contact them.

Your Montecito mail was taken to the San Roque Post Office to be…. re-distributed?

The first mail dump was on Nov. 24. There have been 4 more since then.  We’re talking about thousands of pieces of mail. After the second dump, a call was made to the USPS investigation department, and they picked up your mail ‘as evidence’ from the San Roque station. There was another dump a few days later, on the Dec. 28th.

Today we found four more dumps, one from about 2 weeks ago that was nothing but ripped open Christmas cards.  The rest was from last night, as all of the Painted Cave mail boxes were found open this morning, and our mail was mixed in with the Montecito mail.  Please know, that checks, credit card statements, bank statements, utility bills, jury summons, insurance claim paperwork, traffic tickets from New Orleans all seem to be intact.

Your outgoing mail to the IRS, to utility companies, also seem to be intact, but not processed, so it came straight from your mailbox and never made it to the Post Office. We don’t know what the process is for them to ‘hold your mail’ as evidence, especially if it is time sensitive.

Deputy Hampton, from the SB Sheriff’s Department, was who I was directed to told me that anyone who is ‘missing mail’ should contact him through the Sheriff’s non-emergency number – 681-4100.

Your neighbors from Painted Cave

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Nature Boy Jan 04, 2018 04:56 PM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

FLICKA, can you cite the law that says it's illegal to put a letter in a mailbox without a stamp (which is what I think you meant). I've never heard of that law before.

a-1521554412 Jan 04, 2018 05:25 PM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

Your mailbox is Federal Property. Anyone other than mail recipients and postal employees should not touch a mailbox or its contents. From US Code Chapter 83, section 1725 §1725. Postage unpaid on deposited mail matter Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such offense be fined under this title.

MountainMan4865 Jan 04, 2018 01:02 PM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

Not really. It appears we're more at the end of their route, the turn around point. A dark rural road to go through the haul and throw out the window on the way down Painted Cave Rd. Our boxes were all emptied Tuesday night, and all the Montecito and PC mail was found in several spots starting below the Cave itself, with the last pile at the bottom of PC Rd, just above 154.

420722 Jan 04, 2018 01:27 PM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

sounds like the perp drives around to steal all this mail then up to painted cave where they can sit in their vehicle away from traffic and visibility to open the mail looking for cash and checks then dumping it all and driving back to town. Of course that is major speculation but in order to catch a thief one must think like a thief.

Flicka Jan 04, 2018 09:53 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

It's against the law (or, used to be anyway) that you can't put anything in a mailbox without a stamp. Hence, the guy putting fliers in should have been an alert for the police to respond.

Macscidor Jan 04, 2018 09:47 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

District Attorney Joyce Dudley's staff members will speak to community groups on … identity theft … and other areas of concern and interest. We had a community meeting where her staff member highly recommended that no one use their mailbox for outgoing or receiving mail. The speaker said that she always takes her outgoing mail to a Post Office -- and -- has a paid Post Office Box for receiving her incoming mail. I know it takes extra time to go to the Post Office, but I rented a Box 45 years ago -- right after mail was stolen from the street-side box and I missed a wedding invitation.

Roger Jan 04, 2018 09:19 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

I hear calls about people stealing mail on the pass and in Santa Ynez all the time sometimes they get criss crossed with other calls and I don't get enough of a description of the suspects I'm going to make note of it from now on and post descriptions of what ever I get...

shorebird Jan 04, 2018 09:12 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

The mail is intact? Then what is the benefit to the mail thief? They need to check and see who the mail person was on that route. A couple weeks ago a Christmas present that i had ordered was supposed to be delivered by the post office. When I tracked its location on my email it was listed as an “ attempted delivery” twice. Both days I was home. And finally it was returned to the vendor with the notation “client moved.” I’ve been in this location 22 years.

gizmo1 Jan 04, 2018 09:06 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

I observed a male going thru 20+ mail boxes on Oliver Rd on the Mesa about two months ago(he was putting in a flyer but also looking at everything) I called the Santa Barbara Police Dept and they said there was nothing that they could do, and for me to call the post office

a-1521554412 Jan 04, 2018 08:44 AM
Stolen Montecito Mail Littered Around Painted Cave

There's a high-level FEDERAL investigator that should be called at the main post office in Goleta off Storke Rd. Years ago, our neighborhood had a mail theft problem and this guy came out. The problem got solved, but can't remember if they did surveillance.

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