A woman impersonating a postal worker walked into the Novato post office Friday and escaped with numerous packages set to be mailed, investigators reported.
Postal inspectors suspect the woman, who was wearing a postal uniform, also attempted the crime at a post office in San Rafael on Friday morning, said post office spokesman Jeff Fitch.
Both incidents occurred between 6 and 6:30 a.m. In the Novato case, the woman was able to enter through a back door in the loading area.
Inspectors also suspect the impersonator has hit two East Bay locations since last Friday, the post office in El Cerrito and the McVittie Annex in Richmond, Fitch said. Investigators have been working to identify and arrest the woman.
"It is a federal crime," Fitch said. He said the penalty for mail theft is up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Postal inspectors were unable to provide a full description of the heavy-set woman, and no surveillance images were available Friday.
Fitch did not know which San Rafael post office was involved.
The U.S. Postal Service has a standing $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of mail thieves. Anyone with information can call (877) 876-2455.
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