Postal investigators are investigating the latest incidents in California, in which bags of mail were found, dumped – in a parking lot and in a nearby street – for no apparent reason.
The alarming incidents in Glendale, about 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, came amid a national debate over the integrity of the country’s postal system – just weeks before the US presidential election, in which postal ballots are expected to play a significant role. due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the dumping mail was discovered, Glendale police alerted investigators from the US Postal Service, as improper handling of mail is a potential federal crime, reports FOX 1
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The dumping of the parking lot of 7Q Spa Laser and Aesthetics was reported by the business owner, who was warned by one of his employees. This employee checked the footage from the security camera of the store, which shows a rental truck pulling in the parking lot and the mail was thrown away, reports FOX 11.
The employee “called me and also sent the video with a bunch of USPS packages in the parking lot,” said spa owner Lillian Serobian. “I saw the big budget [rental] truck [in the video] return to the parking lot and one by one start throwing away the packages.
“Then I realized that this was not the first incident in the area,” she added.
Glendale police later told Serobian that a similar pile of mail had been found in an alley a few blocks from her business, she said.
“It was so suspicious,” the spa owner continued. “It’s not something that would be an accident if you dropped one or two boxes. It was a pile of huge, different-sized, unopened boxes. Maybe there is something behind what I do not know what, but I hope they understand and prevent this from happening. “
A spokesman for the US Postal Service told FOX 11 that the agency did not comment on ongoing investigations.
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But postal officials told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that the truck driver was a contractor, not a postal worker. The agency also told KCBS-TV in Los Angeles that all discarded mail had been taken and would be delivered to legal recipients.
Other mail-related incidents have raised concerns in the country in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, nearly 3,000 voters in Georgia filed complaints with election officials, claiming their missing ballots for the state’s August 11 primary were not delivered in time for them to vote, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.