This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 200 in the series, that we are now producing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).
Town Councilors Debbie Pellegri and Andy Bissanti joined me in the Franklin studio to talk about the drive through postal mailboxes at the Post Office in downtown Franklin.
After we sat to record this, the Boston Globe published an article on the Post Office and law enforcement agency efforts to address fishing for mail. As you hear in the interview, this is one of the two reason for the Post Office moving the mailboxes in the drive up.
"A task force of investigators from multiple police departments are working with the US Postal Service to crack down on thieves who are stealing mail from blue mailboxes in the Greater Boston area and communities in Eastern Massachusetts, authorities said.Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription maybe required)
“It’s out of control,” said Wellesley Detective Mark D’Innocenzo. “It’s very widespread.”
There are currently 15 to 20 open investigations in Wellesley alone, he said.
The thieves go “mailbox fishing,” typically using string attached to a glue mouse trap or a plastic bottle covered with sticky glue to pull envelopes out of mailboxes. They then “wash” (i.e. erase the writing) on personal checks, rewrite them and cash them, and use the victim’s bank account information to forge even more checks, he said."
Without further ado, here is the recording for the meeting approx 17 minutes
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