The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed that the post office in Tamuning was burglarized.
In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, U.S. Postal Inspector for Honolulu Brian Shaughnessy said the Tamuning post office had a break-in not last weekend, but the weekend before that.
“We are investigating along with Guam Police Department and Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency,” Shaughnessy said.
Although he cannot give more details on the case, Shaughnessy did say the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed this crime.
“We are aggressively investigating this case. It is a very serious matter to us. It’s a serious federal felony punishable by 5-year imprisonment per count and there’s no parole in the federal system,” Shaughnessy said.
Tipsters can call the USPS national 24/7 telephone number 877-876-2455. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can do so, Shaughnessy said.
As for the specific security measures USPS is adopting, Shaughnessy said they’re constantly evaluating trends and vulnerabilities.
“We’re always working to improve the security of the mail and the post office. As far as the specifics of that, I really can’t go into that because that is confidential,” Shaughnessy said.
He added that mail theft is not isolated to Guam. “We do see mail thefts in Hawaii, the west coast and other places of the mainland. So this is something that we take seriously and our goal in these investigations is to attain federal arrests and federal prosecution,” Shaughnessy said.
When asked if the Barrigada main facility was also hit, as K57 sources reported, Shaughnessy said it was broken into but not burglarized.
USPS customers who feel that they may have mail stolen, particularly from P.O. boxes, should report their case to USPS immediately or as soon as they can, Shaughnessy said.
“They can do so by either calling our national 24/7 number 877-876-2455 or go online to usps.com and make a mail theft complaint,” he added.