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Rip-Off Alert: Mail theft takes bizarre turn outside Portland, Ore.

Mail theft is becoming a common crime, and Clackamas County, Ore., is no different. What is different is what’s being left behind. (SBG)

Mail theft is becoming a common crime, and Clackamas County, Ore., is no different.

What is different is what’s being left behind.

Neighbors have noticed their boxes tampered with for at least a week. Our Sinclair station in Portland reports at least two instances of thefts in the past five days.

In one case, though, something was delivered – a dead rabbit was stuffed into one of the mailboxes.

Homeowners have installed new security cameras and will soon get a more secure mailbox.

U.S. postal inspectors says mail theft happens regularly. They advise not to leave mail overnight; that's when mail theft happens the most.

Also, if you leave town, ask the post office to hold your mail.

And there's a new feature called informed delivery, which sends you a notification with photos of the pieces of mail you should be expecting.

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