Gold Country Hit by Rash of Mail Thefts

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COLOMA —

El Dorado County Sheriffs Detectives are looking for the mail thieves who tried to strike it rich in California’s historic gold rush town by burglarizing it’s post office.

Thieves broke into the Coloma post office last Thursday, making entry by breaking a side window.

VIctims tell FOX40 they made off with bank cards, pension checks and children’s Christmas presents.

“The term low life comes directly to mind,” Suzanne Milligan said.

Milligan told FOX0 she had just dropped of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles skateboard for her 5 year old nephew to be mailed out the following day.

“A fellow working at the post office said, “Oh you’re skateboard, it was stolen! And I thought, what?” Milligan said.

Milligan said her nephew’s mom is a single mother living in Iowa, going through a particularly rough time this year. She wanted to surprise the family with some toys for the kids.

“Apparently they stole all the little boxes, didn’t bother opening them. But any big boxes they opened them up and took out whatever was in there. So they knew they were taking a kids skateboard,” Milligan said.

“I’m thinking they’re probably drugged out kids who have nothing better to do,” Jim Twomey said.

Twomey said his girlfriend had a debit card stolen.

Alice Jorgensen said her friend had a holiday package taken as well.

“There’s just like a couple hundred post office boxes in there so there can only be a certain amount of stuff to take,” Jorgensen said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said the thieves did leave behind some evidence.

“i hardly think this was a crime of desperation, they’re not trying to feed their families. I think they were just taking an opportunity and not thinking about who they hurt. I’m a big believer in karma, its going to come back to them,” Milligan said.

Mail theft is a felony federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and $250,000.

If you have any information about the mail thefts, contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Detectives Unit at (530) 642-4703.

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