CONROE, Texas – Police are seeking thieves who broke into about 100 residential mailboxes in Conroe.
Surveillance cameras outside a home were recording at 4 a.m., when some thieves used a crowbar to break into a mailbox.
“That’s a pretty big offense,” said Greg Mize, whose camera captured the crooks.
Mize has since handed the video over to Conroe police.
“When I got up, my mailbox was just hanging,’ Mize's neighbor, Brenda Westcott, said.
The thieves broke into traditional mailboxes and the kind that lock. They were likely looking for prepaid gift cards, checks and Christmas cards with cash inside.
“Yeah, they’re looking for something quick,” Westcott said. “I found a couple of boxes, they were ripped open and the boxes were on the ground.”
Other neighbors found Christmas cards that had been opened. One family is reportedly missing a Christmas card that was put in its mailbox as outgoing mail. The card contained a check to their grandson.
USPS officials are warning residents not to leave mail in their mailboxes overnight.
Even if your mailbox locks, the crooks will still find a way in, officials said.
“Be alert, be watchful,” Mize said. “That’s what it takes these days.”