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Thief or thieves cut through drywall to break into Tequesta Post Office

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 16:16:44-04

TEQUESTA, Fla. — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the destruction of federal property and possible mail theft after someone broke into the Tequesta Post Office late Sunday or early Monday.

According to Ivan Ramirez, a spokesperson for the Postal Inspection Service South Florida Region, a thief or thieves went inside the post office lobby, located at 401 Old Dixie Hwy., and used an unknown tool to cut through approximately one to two feet of drywall, gaining access to the mail workroom floor.

Investigators are still trying to determine what tools were used and how many suspects were involved with gaining entry.

"I believe this is kind of a first for us," said Ramirez. "Our investigators are trying to put together whatever pieces their are. DNA evidence, any kind of fingerprints, or anything we can go off that would give us some information or leads about who’s behind this."

No postal assets were stolen, taken, or removed, including stamps or money.

"Our safes did not appear to be tampered with," said Ramirez.

But mail may have been taken, Ramirez said. Anyone who deposited mail at the post office over the weekend should reach out to the postal inspector.

People are also asked to monitor their credit to avoid falling victim to fraud or identity theft moving forward. Call 1-877-876-2455 for more information.

Investigators also add the suspect or suspects, if they're caught, will like be federally charged with destruction of federal property, theft of mail, and prosecuted at the state level.