ST. HEDWIG, Texas - A homeowner is relieved a company will replace the items thieves took from her mailbox and she is concerned for neighbors who have also become victims in her rural community.
She said someone drove down her road. She thought it was the mail carrier because they don’t drive the typical trucks you might see. Turns out, thieves swiped her mail order packages worth $85 dollars.
The homeowner wished to remain anonymous, like a neighbor who also suffered losses. Someone stole about $200 dollars worth of packages from her mailbox.
Both victims said they contacted the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday.
"I understand there has been some theft out of mailboxes in this vicinity," said Richard A. Wallis.
Since last week - Black Friday - several people who shopped online have become victims of postal theft.
To prevent it from happening again, some neighbors decided to open accounts at their nearby post office to pick up mail instead of having it delivered.
"I would think a P.O. Box. That would be safer than a box beside the road," said Morris Johnson.
He believes the rural community suffers from theft because so many packages are left in boxes at the side of the road while homeowners are away.
A US postal worker encourages people to check their mailboxes daily.
Folks in the area, also plan to look out for one another and keep an eye on unfamiliar vehicles.