Mail Crime: Post Office Investigating After Mail Found Opened and Scattered Around Neighborhood

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 11:19 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- An investigation is underway after families in one neighborhood found their mail ripped open and strewn all over the place. It happened in the Edgewater neighborhood near Hilliard.

The post office fielded nearly a dozen calls Friday about mailboxes wide open and letters ripped up on the ground. "I believe it's some kids who don't really understand what they're messing with but they should learn," said one homeowner named Philip.

Right after ABC 6/FOX 28 interviewed Phillip, three girls told us they found a stack of mail in a gazebo near the neighborhood pond.Tax papers and payment invoices were scattered around, with private information for anyone to see.

"It frustrates me because I know a lot of hard working people that have chances to lose their identity as well as a lot of things," said Philip.

The mail belonged to a man across the street but he wasn't home.

A call from ABC6/FOX28 to the U.S. Postal Service brought out two inspectors who took the mail into evidence.

A spokesman for the U.S. Postal service says they are working with Columbus police. It's not known if anything was stolen, but stealing mail is a federal offense and the spokesman said if that happened, the culprits will be prosecuted.
Mail Crime: Post Office Investigating After Mail Found Opened and Scattered Around Neighborhood
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