A USPS dropbox located at 607 East Hillside Avenue on the corner of Prairie Avenue in Barrington was burglarized overnight, authorities said. | Photo: Google Street View

Police are warning the public after a USPS mail dropbox was broken into and the mail inside was stolen in Barrington overnight.

The Barrington Police Department received a theft report early Tuesday morning at 607 East Hillside Avenue.

Village officials said in a community alert that officers learned a USPS mailbox was broken into.

The contents of the box, which is located in front of a house on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Prairie Avenue, were stolen.

Anyone who dropped off mail containing a check or other financial documents should contact their bank.

“We strongly encourage you to contact your bank immediately and stop payment on these checks,” village officials said Tuesday.

It was unclear how many suspects were involved or if police had obtained any leads on them.

Those who need to mail letters are recommended to drop off the mail inside the post office or hand it to a letter carrier rather than place it in a dropbox.

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Mail theft, tampering and vandalism are federal crimes punishable by fine and imprisonment, according to the USPS.

Mail theft can be reported to the Postal Inspection Service by calling 877-876-2455.