AUSTIN (KXAN) — Neighbors in a South Austin community want some answers, after thieves targeted their mailboxes. Two separate incidents happened in October, and now the Postal Inspector is investigating. Tampering with them is a serious crime.
“If they prosecute you, you’re going to a federal prison, that’s a little different than a state prison,” says Lynne Truesdale. He’s lived in the neighborhood for five years.
The first incident happened earlier in the month in Circle C.
“I came to get my mail like any other day,” said Truesdale, “and I noticed the doors where the packages are were open, but there was no keys in them.”
“Sure enough the door to the package bin was slightly ajar, and it [the package] wasn’t there,” said Laura Sherman. “It was a pretty pricey book from Amazon.”
Multiple packages were stolen.
“It’s disgusting, it’s very irritating,” said Sherman.
The second incident happened Wednesday night. Two mailboxes were ripped off, exposing more than a dozen personal mailboxes.
“I just can’t understand why people would take things that don’t belong to them. It’s simple, you learn that in kindergarten.”
Postal Inspector Mike Sullivan advises community members to notify them of any financial loss, including stolen gift cards and forged checks. They also may look into installing cameras in the neighborhood to catch anyone vandalizing mailboxes.
According to Sullivan, these crimes pick up around the Christmas season and tax season. They are training workers to be extra vigilant during these times.