REDDING, Calif - Mailbox theft is becoming a big issue in the city of Redding.
In fact, in the last few days one very fearful woman witnessed the arrest of a burglary suspect on her property, after catching him rummage through her mailbox.
"I just felt like i've been raped or something. I mean someone is in my house and I freaked " said Kathleen Dobson.
Dobson says she has owned the home on Wilson Way for more than a decade, but Saturday night's event now has her questioning her safety.
" It's just a breach of security and it needs to be dealt with in other ways of communicating. They do it in other towns," said Dodson.
Action News Now spoke with Dobson on the phone about the frightful night.
She says although her burglar is behind bars it has her worried for her safety and security.
"If the post office continues to put notices that the home is vacant and a rubber band, then yes I am very concerned." said Dobson.
We reached out the Redding Police Department to find out how big of an issue mail theft is in our area.
"It's a big problem because once a person finds a place where they can steal things they will come back repeatedly," said Corporal Will Williams.
He adds although they want to do more the only way to fix things is to call and report it with the United States Postal Investigators.
"Until we figure out how best to deal with thieves and hold them to a higher standard that what we are currently doing I don't think we are going to win this war yet. " said Corporal Williams.
The postal investigators do want to remind people they can report crimes 24 hours a day by calling 1-877- 876 - 2455.
Suspects who are caught stealing mail can face up to 5 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.
The postal department also has a reward up to $10,000 for those who have information that can lead to the conviction and arrest of suspects.