WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral corner mailbox stolen, again

Look closely at the top half of that photo and you’ll see bolts that formerly held the Admiral Way/Belvidere USPS mailbox. We got a tip this morning that the big blue collection box was missing again, more than 11 years after its previous theft. A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service confirms to WSB that the mailbox was indeed stolen – and says it’s just been recovered this past hour “in the Burien area.” We have followup questions out including when it happened (we recall seeing the box in place just a few days ago) and what you should do if you might have had mail in the box; we’ll add whatever we hear back.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral corner mailbox stolen, again"

  • Anne January 6, 2023 (3:31 pm)

    I rarely use stand alone boxes anymore & never got important mail- just for this reason. That goes for drive by boxes too. I deposit my mail inside the post office. 

  • aRF January 6, 2023 (4:02 pm)

    I’m surprised they didn’t try to sell the box for scrap.

  • Tim January 6, 2023 (6:25 pm)

    So it was taken when?  Early morning 6th? Or late night 5th?Or has it been missing for a week and we just noticed?

    • WSB January 6, 2023 (7:23 pm)

      The USPIS has yet to answer my followup questions, including that one. As I wrote, it was there a few days earlier – we were driving east/southeast on that stretch of Admiral and oddly enough it caught my eye and I flashed back to the 2011 theft.

      • Kw January 6, 2023 (7:36 pm)

        Dang. I put mail in there on Monday that would have been picked up Tuesday… fingers crossed the thief’s got nothing valuable.

      • Teresa January 6, 2023 (9:54 pm)

        It was stolen after thursday morning and discovered friday morning.  I live right there so probably sawed off the legs late Thursday night and took off with the entire box!

        • WSB January 6, 2023 (10:24 pm)

          Thank you, I was hoping we’d hear from someone with firsthand knowledge of when it disappeared!

  • Mj January 6, 2023 (7:06 pm)

    Dang isn’t anything safe anymore?

  • they January 7, 2023 (8:54 am)

    Seems like a lot of work for a maybe, maybe not benefit…

  • Tim January 7, 2023 (11:06 am)

    So Thurday night this happened. That’s also the night someone went down Belvidere shooting out car windows. Two that I noticed.  Is there more?  Might have happened around 11:30 pm.

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