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Turlock Inventor Thinks Outside the (Mail)Box

5:28 PM, Nov 14, 2008   |    comments
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  • STOCKTON, CA - It all started when Juan Pineda was a victim of mail theft. 

    Valuable checks were lost in that theft, but Juan may have the last profitable laugh.

    He's invented a device that sets off an alarm if a mailbox is tampered with. (See his website here.) He got a patent for his product and is seeking a manufacturer to handle the production and marketing.

    "I'm very excited.  I hope one day, I can say I contributed to a good cause", said Pineda.

    It operates much like a car alarm that begins ringing when a car is bumped.  A remote turns off that alarm.  A card slider, like the ones used in store checkout lines, would allow a mailman to de-activate the alarm.

    "Everyone works hard for a living.  They should have peace of mind in regards to their mailbox", said Pineda.

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