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Mailbox Bandits Targeting North Austin Neighborhood

Updated: Tuesday, December 31 2013, 02:00 PM CST

Busted open and cleared out. A North Austin neighborhood mailbox is being repeatedly targeted by thieves.

Michael Wampler is one of 16 families hit up over the weekend.

It appears the crooks are using a crowbar in order to pry open the metal doors grabbing everything they can. 

The robbers got away with stacks of mail, including Wampler's rent check.

"Now we got to cancel that check and write a new one. It may not be a huge deal but it's a hassle," said Wampler.

Wampler may have to close his checking's account, too. Thieves also got gifts left inside this parcel lock box.

"They're really easy targets for people to come grab what they want just because of the location," said neighbor Chris Bailey.

The mailbox is located along and isolated stretch of Barcheta Drive which doesn't have any street lights.

"It's pretty dark over here so sometimes it's scary," added Wampler.

Fed up residents -- like the Wamplers -- are rallying  their neighbors to force the city to take action.

They want a light installed next to the mailbox before the bandits strike again.

"If they put so much effort into doing this why not put that effort into a real job," said Wampler.

KEYE TV contacted the city to see if residents could get a street light installed near the mailbox.

A spokesperson with Austin Energy says it is possible if there is electricity on the street, and the nearest street light must be at least 75 feet away.

By Alex Boyer

Mailbox Bandits Targeting North Austin Neighborhood

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