Local mailbox thefts under investigation

AUSTIN -- The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the break-ins of two community mailboxes, one in Round Rock the other in South Austin, both happening within the past several days.

Inspectors don't believe the two burglaries are tied to each other; however, mailbox thefts while rare are known to happen more on the weekends.

Residents living in the Sendera neighborhood, south MoPac and Davis Lane, found that out the hard way this weekend when they went to check the mail.

A community mailbox with 32 individual boxes in the 4300 block of Hoffman were broken into with some sort of prying tool like a crowbar or screwdriver.

Michael Sullivan with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says all the mail inside was taken and he believes it could be the work of Meth addicts.

"These people are looking for quick hits. Something to get their next drug fix whether it be cash, credit cards or checks things like that they can covert very, very quickly to cash," says Sullivan who warns against ever sending cash.

The Postal Inspection Service wants to hear from mail theft victims who have missing checks or evidence that their credit cards and other personal information are being misused. Investigators say that kind of information can help them find the burglars.

Any tips should be forwarded to Michael Sullivan, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 512-342-1540


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