Three mailboxes initially believed to have been stolen from in front of a Riverside Post Office Monday night were actually removed due to vandalism, officials said Tuesday.
The mailboxes were reported stolen by a witness who saw sparks coming from in front of the post office in the 10200 block of Hole Avenue, Riverside Police Department Detective Detmer said.
The witness said the mailboxes were loaded into a white pickup truck about 10 p.m. and then driven away.
Police had begun to investigate the incident when a post office manager told KTLA the mailboxes had been picked up intentionally and taken for repairs after being vandalized over the weekend.
The keyholes of the mailboxes had been damaged, preventing employees from having access to the mail inside, the manager said.
Police were not notified that the mailboxes were going to be removed and will follow up with officials at the post office about the miscommunication, a spokesperson said.