BUCHANAN DAM, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities say 16 Central Texas post offices have been hit by thieves since right before Christmas.
Postal inspectors said cameras are currently being installed at locations in hopes of catching the culprit and deterring them from trying to break in again.
Locations in Florence, Liberty Hill, Salado, Hutto have been hit twice.
Officials said the thefts are happening in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth area as well and believe it is a broader issue, not just one or two people.
The most recent theft happened at a post office in Hillsboro, located between Waco and the metroplex.
At the post office in Buchanan Dam, four boxes were pried open sometime over the weekend.
Michael Sullivan, a U.S. Postal Service Inspector in Central Texas, says the string of post office box break-ins started back on Dec. 22.
“We believe they’re genuinely looking for checks, negotiable items, gift cards, credit cards,” said Sullivan, “anything that can be turned to quick cash.”
Sullivan thinks thieves need drug money and they’re looking for it in places like Florence, Liberty Hill, Hutto and other small towns.
“Generally (there is) less theft prevention measures in our rural offices,” he said. “Our rural offices are very quiet, not a lot of traffic…and we suspect they’re using or hitting those areas to avoid detection.”