CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As we inch closer to Christmas, thieves are targeting those last minute presents being sent through the mail. Just this week two separate cases of mail theft happened less than five miles apart.
Sadly mail theft has become a reoccurring theme this holiday season. Cold-hearted criminals might've used a crowbar to pry open an entire mail kiosk at Lakeshore Village Condiminiums in the University area.
"They'll find a way," said Charles Aponte, a Lakeshore Village resident. "They broke in, took all the mail and threw it on the floor. If it's not the mailboxes they'll find it on theinternet and they'll get you."
In an email sent out from the Lakeshore Village's COA, the thieves went after Christmas gift cards, small packages and money.
"As sneaky as thieves are they can figure out things pretty quick and easy," said Kenan Swaim, a Lakeshore Village resident.
In a residential area less than five miles away, another person fell victim to mail theft. The family wasn't home when we stopped by, but according the police report, in one of the envelopes that was stolen there was a $900 money order.
This all comes two weeks after the United States Postal Inspection Service put two zip codes in south Charlotte on-alert after several reports of mail theft. USPIS teamed up with CMPD for the investigation; they believed the crooks preyed on unchecked mailboxes.
Thankfully Aponte didn't have his mail rifled through this time, but he's been a victim before.
"I caught it in time and fixed it so I got my money back, but you really have to keep yourself alert all the time with things like that," said Aponte.