Mail theft has became an increasingly big problem around Spokane. This summer mail theft cases in the area have tripled.

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Mail theft has became an increasingly big problem around Spokane. This summer mail theft cases in the area have tripled.

Police believe mail theft is always one of the ways identity thieves leave their mark. One reason, especially this year mailboxes have been targeted has been tied to the amazing weather. People have been going out of town without stopping their mail, resulting as an easy target for thieves.

Vanessa Raballosa has come to expect the unexpected. A few months ago, she fell victim to identity thieves.

"I thought I was doing things right and apparently it can still happen no matter what you do. And I wasn't prepared for it," said Raballosa.

Crooks broke into Raballosa's mailbox and stole her personal information. The entire thing nearly cost her a lifelong dream of owning a house.

Mail theft is often a crime that inspires others to do the same. Police advised examining your bank statements and keep a close watch on your street cause catching crooks early will help resolve the problem.

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