Last week someone went inside the U.S. Post Office on South Regal on the South Hill and broke into boxes containing mail or packages, so postal inspectors and sheriff's deputies set up a sting to catch the thief in the act.
After postal clerks discovered someone had pried open post office boxes at the Regal branch two nights in a row, postal inspectors and Spokane County Sheriff's detectives can up with a plan to do some surveillance.
Post Office box lobbies are open 24/7 as a way of making it more convenient for customers to pick up their mail as their schedule allows. Unfortunately the around the clock availability has now made the post offices a target for thieves.
"The postal inspectors were already notified and since they had broken in two days in a row, they decided to have a stakeout the third day and caught them breaking into those boxes," Robbin Darst with the U.S. Postal Service said.
Around 11 p.m. last Thursday detectives say they caught Bart Bonebright using a knife to break into boxes at the Regal branch.
Surprisingly there are no surveillance cameras in the lobby but that's going to change.