A Palmer woman has been held on suspicion of trying to break into numerous mailboxes in a Mat-Su neighborhood this week, Alaska State Troopers said.

Amber Robinson, 29, was the woman taken into custody according to an online dispatch. The case began at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Palmer troopers received “multiple mail theft reports” from the area of Wolverine Road.

“Investigation revealed dozens of mailboxes had been tampered with and mail had been stolen,” troopers wrote.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the case reflected a seasonal uptick in mail theft.

“Unfortunately, it's that time of year – it’s Christmas time,” Peters said. “People are sending presents and cards with cash in them, and people are taking advantage of that.”

Alan Damron, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which is also investigating the case, said no other suspects were initially being sought in the case Wednesday.

“I know it was quite extensive,” Damron said, “It was definitely a large amount of mail.”

Robinson was charged with fourth-degree theft and criminal mischief in the case. She was held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, according to a statewide inmate database.

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