Beverly Hills Residents Warned of Mail Thefts

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Police in Beverly Hills are warning residents to be vigilant after a rash of recent mail thefts.

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A surveillance video appeared to show a man removing the contents of a mailbox in front of a house.

Mail has reportedly been stolen from mailboxes outside of homes in the area, and one of the thefts was reportedly captured on video.

A Beverly Hills homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisal, provided the surveillance footage to KTLA.

At 7:20 a.m. Saturday, a man pulls up to the house and exits his vehicle, the video shows. The man apparently approaches the mailbox, grabs a handful of mail, and then returns to his four-door sedan and drives away.

The penalty for mail theft, which is a federal offense, is  $250,000 and five years in jail, according to authorities.

In order to prevent mail from being stolen, the United States Post Office recommends:

-Do not leave mail in a mailbox overnight.

-Do not send cash by mail.

-Notify the post office when traveling out of town for an extended period.

About 33 percent of identity-theft cases stem from mail theft, authorities say.