CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Trio steals mailbox in Bradenton

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 17:33:47-04

We've warned you about the porch pirates, people who steal packages from your front door steps, but security cameras in Bradenton captured three suspects stealing an entire mailbox. 

The video captured over the weekend shows what appears to be three young adults walking down 19th Street West around 3 a.m. when they stop to mess with a mailbox before picking it up out of the ground, pole and all. 




Evalyn Estevez has lived in her home for five years and didn't realize her mailbox was missing until she saw the mailman drive right past her home. 

"My mailman did say a few other homes around here looked like they were tampered with," she said.

Tampering or vandalizing a mailbox is a federal offense that could put a person behind bars for up to five years.

Estevez wanted to send a warning to others that thieves are capable of stealing more than what's inside.

She plans to hire a contractor to cement in a new one. 

Bradenton police did not respond to our request about the case.