THIEVES HITTING MODESTO MAILBOXES: Modesto police are urging residents who use community mailboxes to be on the alert for thieves who are damaging the boxes and stealing mail. Since Friday, at least 10 community mailboxes in north Modesto have been robbed, police Lt. Scott Blom said. Each box handles mail for about 15 families. Someone visits the boxes, rips off the doors and steals the mail, Blom said. "We've had a number already, and the identity theft cases will be coming behind them." Most of the thefts, Blom said, have been north of Snyder Avenue, between Carver and Dale roads.