Update posted at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 4

The US Postal Service says its Brookings facility, at 711 Spruce Street, has been the target of three vandalism attacks over the past four weeks.

"The vandalism includes a lot of trash thrown all over the lobby and attempts to break into the post office boxes and the parcels boxes," the US Postal Service's customer relations spokesperson Lynn Yut told The Pilot. "The attempts were successful, but we are not aware of what was taken."

Yut said at least two parcels had been taken from the boxes and opened in the lobby with the packaging left behind. Customers have been notified about the vandalism and on Tuesday morning, a sign had been posted on the front door of the facility.

"Because of vandalism to the Post Office boxes and lobby area, it became necessary for us to lock the Post Office following the departure of the last employee," the sign stated. "We regret the inconvenience experienced by our customers, but took steps to protect the mail and public property.

"We realize that lobby hours might result in some in convenience for certain box holders. However, we must take adequate measures to safeguard customers' mail against theft and postal property against vandalism."

The specific hours of the night closure had not been posted with the sign as of Tuesday afternoon. But a new sign was placed on the front door late Tuesday afternoon that reads in part,

"Effective immediately, the lobby doors of this building will be locked due to recent and ongoing incidents in the postal lobby occurring after hours. As a PO Box customer, you will continue to have access to your mail six days a week. The lobby doors will open each morning at 7:30 a.m. Lobby doors will be locked Monday-Friday 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Sunday and Holidays closed. The retail hours will remain the same, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

The new notice is written by Portland Postmaster Yvonne Huston.

Yut said Brookings Police have agreed to send additional police patrols in and around the Post Office property to monitor the area.

Read more about this developing story in the Friday print edition of The Curry Coastal Pilot.

Previous Pilot  coverage posted at 12 p.m. Dec. 4

The U.S. Post Office has posted a sign on the front door of the Brookings outlet, at 711 Spruce Street, announcing adjustments to the hours of operation following what the notice 'Lobby Closed at Night' called vandalism at the structure.

"Because of vandalism to the Post Office boxes and lobby area, it became necessary for us to lock the Post Office following the departure of the last employee," the sign reads. "We regret the inconvenience experienced by our customers, but took steps to protect the mail and public property.

"We realize that lobby hours might result in some in convenience for certain box holders. However, we must take adequate measures to safeguard customers' mail against theft and postal property against vandalism."

The specific hours of the night closure had not been posted with the sign as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Pilot has contacted the US Postal Service and Brookings Police for more details.

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