Boston Police report arresting four alleged postal purloiners they say were busy lifting letters out of a mailbox at one of West Roxbury's quieter corners early this morning.
Police say that around 1:35 a.m., an off-duty officer who'd just gotten off a nearby detail job spotted four males clustered around a mailbox at Stimson and Centre streets, busily removing letters from it - as a motor vehicle idled next to them. Police say the officer stopped and did a first-class job rounding up all four - even though two tried to run and two tried to get into the car and drive away - and held them until on-duty officers arrived.
Once on scene, officers observed several opened pieces of mail on the ground next to, as well as, inside the vehicle. None of the opened mail was addressed to or included the name of any of the four individuals being detained.
Police did not specify how the four were removing letters, but West Roxbury and Roslindale have seen a recent spate of miscreants attaching adhesives around mailbox slots, making it easier to remove letters with money or other valuables inside. Local postal authorities have begun replacing boxes with newer versions aimed at canceling that practice.
Arriving on-duty officers delivered the four - Cesar Ramirez-Soto, 20, and Jeremy Baez Valdez, 18, both of Roxbury, Howie Villalona-Guerreru, 18, of Dorchester, and a Dorchester 17-year-old too young to have his name released - to the E-5 station, where they were charged with larceny (mail theft) and receiving stolen property, police say.