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Neighborhood residents report mail torn open, stolen

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Residents who live on Manatee Court woke to find their mail scattered along the street Wednesday morning. (FOX5) Residents who live on Manatee Court woke to find their mail scattered along the street Wednesday morning. (FOX5)

It was a rude awakening for people living on Manatee Court, located near Spring Valley Parkway and Rainbow. Many of them woke up to find their mail ripped open in the streets Wednesday morning, and some are worried that much of it was stolen.

The mailboxes on Manatee Court don't have locks on them and residents like Stephanie Buraczewski fear someone has been helping themselves to whatever gifts, letters, and packages may be inside.

"The whole thing is missing. Just the ripped apart envelope is all I was left with," Buraczewski said, showing our cameras an empty envelope which he said was sent by his in-laws.

Buraczewski said a neighbor found the empty envelope torn open and left in the street, but the birthday gift and card inside of it were gone.

"It's disappointing that people will stoop that low at the holiday season to steal from others," Buraczewski said. His empty envelope was one of several pieces of mail addressed to different neighbors that were scattered in the neighborhood.

Other neighbors said that there isn't one mail carrier for their area. They said they see different carriers putting mail in their boxes daily.

Some neighbors claim packages have vanished from their doorsteps.

Inspectors from the United States Postal Service say they are in the beginning stages of their investigation. They said Metro police will be contacted if necessary.

A United States Postal Service spokesperson said mail theft and mail tampering are serious federal offenses that carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The spokesperson recommends checking mail often and never leaving mail in the mailbox overnight.

The USPS says residents going out of town should call their local post office to temporarily stop mail service.

Anyone who thinks their mail has been tampered with should report it by calling 1-877-876-2455.

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