ANTIOCH -- A mail collection box outside the lobby of Antioch's main post office has been replaced after vandals damaged it and possibly stole mail from it, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman said.

Customers arriving to the office at 2730 W. Tregallas Road last week found the collection box broken, and security cameras damaged. Antioch police confirmed receiving a complaint about the vandalism but said they have no leads.

The boxes were replaced Wednesday and expected to be back in service by the close of business, spokeswoman Pauline Bellinger said. The security cameras also have been repaired.

The vandalism is being investigated by the Postal Inspection Service, which said it has a standing $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction for mail theft, Bellinger said.

Customers who used the outdoor collection box in the past week are urged to check their bank statements and credit reports, Bellinger said. They also may call 1-877-876-2455 or go to www.postalinspectors.com, where postal inspectors can attempt to track mail.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him in Antioch at 925-779-7166 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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