Missing mail investigation underway in Johnson County, IL

VIENNA, IL (KFVS) - The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to check their mailboxes.

Someone is taking mail from mailboxes in Goreville and Lake of Egypt and then discarding opened letter into the lake or nearby ditches.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff, this happens pretty regularly around the Holidays. Theifs expect there to be cash or gift cards for gifts in the envelopes so they're trying to cash in. Some residents didn't even realize that their mail might have been stolen when they got an empty box.

"Normally everything, as far as bills, they arrive on time," said Tammy Patterson who lives in the Egypt Lake area. "But I have noticed days where we don't get any mail at all and I have thought this was strange."

This is why the Sheriff is asking residents to look out for each other. Make sure there aren't any strange people going through mail boxes.

"So if you see something a vehicle by the mailbox that's not your postal carrier, if you can get a plate number, a color, description... report that to us," said Sheriff Charles Harner.

According to the sheriff's office, other areas might soon be targeted.

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