Woman says money was ripped from an envelope inside her mailbox

Woman says money was ripped from an envelope inside her mailbox

Vicki LeColst says two envelopes were ripped open by a bad guy Saturday, and then stuffed right back into her mailbox.

"It's just you don't feel real safe," said LeColst. "They went through this card and emptied it out."

Inside the card was cash for her birthday. It was from her mom.

"She's 86, and doesn't do checks or anything," said LeColst. "I don't even know how much she put in there because I haven't called her to tell her."

The whole situation has left LeColst and her family on edge.

"How can you expect to get things and know that things are going to be okay when things like that happen," she said.

Police say there's typically a spike in mail theft around the holidays.

It's why investigators have tips to protect yourself from mail theft.

  • Never send cash in the mail.
  • Never leave mail in your mailbox overnight.
  • Have your mail held at the post office if you're concerned.

"Just be very careful," said LeColst. "I wouldn't trust anybody, and if you see somebody that's not usually around your home or area, to keep an eye on them for a while."

More tips from postal crime investigators

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