USPS working to reopen drive-up dropboxes

The location where the drive-up mailbox at the Monroe Post Office usually is currently awaits a replacement mailbox.

The location where the drive-up mailbox at the Monroe Post Office usually is currently awaits a replacement mailbox.
Photo by Michael Whitney.

Drive-up mailboxes at multiple post offices in the county such as Monroe were broken into or vandalized in recent weeks, creating interruptions for drive-thru drop-offs.

Outdoor boxes at the post offices in Monroe, Mill Creek, Stanwood, and the Everett postal center on Hardeson Road were affected, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Kim Frum confirmed.

New collection boxes have been ordered for each. Stanwood will reopen soonest.

The post offices in Duvall, Snohomish and Sultan are open after normal business hours to drop off mail inside, Frum noted.

The drive-up collection boxes at the downtown Everett post office at Hoyt and Pacific are also open. Sultan also has a collection box outside.

Snohomish’s post office on Avenue D, which is open 24/7, includes self-service postage kiosks for buying postage and mailing packages after hours.

After-hours mail deposits are picked up the next scheduled day.

Monroe’s post office ceased to be open 24/7 last spring after a break-in. Its lobby now opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. most days except Sunday, when it’s open 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., Frum said. She said last week there isn’t a timeline to reopen Monroe’s lobby 24/7.

People who suspect mail fraud or tampering can call the Post Office’s criminal division online at www.uspis.gov/report or call 877-876-2455. People who see vandalism should call police as well.