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Bastrop Co. Mailboxes Hit By Thieves
Updated: Thursday, January 2 2014, 05:31 PM CST
The rustic roadside mailbox is an image that for many of us conjures up visions of easy, country living; But over the holidays as many as 800 of these iconic mailboxes in Bastrop County may have been hit by thieves.
If you're a cash-strapped postal service, the cluster of roadside mailboxes is a very cost-effective way to deliver the mail out in the country. But it does leave your mail exposed.
Joe Rusnak says his Bastrop RV Park was hit more than once and he has the evidence to prove it. He caught the thieves on camera and he believes they'll be back.
Rusnak says, "The only thing I can suggest to protect your mail is check it daily. They're not hitting the mail in the daytime they're hitting it late at night after midnight."
Another way to safeguard your mail is to have it delivered to a post office box. We caught B.J. Griesenbeck checking his P.O. box downtown. He told us, "We live out in the country and I don't want anyone going through my mail. You know 50-100 years ago you could trust your neighbors. Now I don't know if you could do that."
According to Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering, the thieves raided the mail boxes for holiday gifts and cards bearing Christmas cash. He adds, "From everything that we've seen it's not an identity theft type of situation where they're trying to look for social security numbers or drivers' license numbers."
Now postal inspectors and the FBI are involved, and they're planning to make a federal case out of it.
By Fred Cantu