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Rancho Penasquitos man concerned after mailboxes broken into ahead of election

Posted at 3:47 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-11 23:14:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Rancho Penasquitos man says on Sunday morning he walked outside to discover someone had broken into most of the mailboxes on his street.

He added that even mailboxes that had locks had been pried open and left empty.

“I woke up this morning to pick up my newspaper and I noticed every mailbox up and down the street and adjacent streets I could see had been opened and all the mail had been removed,” he said. The neighbor asked ABC 10News not to be identified.

He said he’s lived in the area for about 10 years and it’s generally quiet. They had one incident a few years ago where mail was stolen around tax return season. He’s concerned about this theft because of the looming November election.

“I kinda felt it might’ve had something to do with stealing the ballots,” he said.

He said both he and his next door neighbor had received their ballots in the days immediately before the theft. Other neighbors in the area also said they already got their ballots in the mail, but the incident is a reminder to be extra cautious with important voting documents moving through the postal system.

“Personally, I’ve never been a victim of crime here, or do I know anybody that’s been a victim of crime here, so it’s something that’s concerning,” he said.

The neighbor added that he did email the registrar’s office to let them know of the possibility of stolen ballots in his neighborhood.