Mail thieves caught on camera in Claremore

CLAREMORE -- Claremore Police are looking for two men caught on camera stealing mail and packages in a neighborhood near the high school. 

Wednesday, two young males walked down the street during the afternoon, reached in mailboxes and took what was inside. 

Rome Igarta's mailbox is one that was hit. The only way he knew his package, that showed delivered on the tracking information, had been stolen is through his security camera.  

"They were so brave to do it in broad daylight and we had the car parked out there" Igarta said. 

His family ended up finding some of their mail ripped open just a few houses down. They also found prescription medication for one of their neighbors who is a veteran that had also been snatched, plus letters addressed to others in the area.

"They're checking to see if there is anything valuable and anything they can use and discarding it and going on and keeping what they think is valuable," Igarta said.

Police said the neighborhood, not far from Claremore High School, is not an area they are called to often. 

With online shopping becoming so common, across the county this is becoming more of a problem in every neighborhood. 

"We are very lucky a lot of people are having surveillance cameras," Deputy Chief Steve Cox with the Claremore Police Department said. "They might get away with it for a minute. I doubt they're going to get away with it much longer now that we have the video."

Igarta is taking advantage of the cameras in his neighborhood. He is trying to get the thieves faces out to the public to see if anyone can identify them. 

He thinks they are in their mid-teens and wants them to stop so their petty crimes do not turn into something more serious. 

"We're like, 'This is personal now,'" Igarta said. "We respect everybody else's property. Respect ours. I don't know. It seems like anything goes now. Kids are doing whatever." 

Police said they will likely charge the two men with larceny when they find them. Because mail theft is a felony, they will send the information over to the postmaster who will decide if they should be change federally.

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