Increased calls of mail theft in Cape Girardeau Co.

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 11:58 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2021 at 12:21 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to keep an eye on their mail boxes.

They said thieves are looking for special deliveries.

“I’m just waiting for the day to catch the people,” said Mark Ketcher, Cape Girardeau resident.

Ketcher installed cameras outside his home on County Road 318, one of the areas that has become a hotspot for mail theft.

“A neighbor of mine came down looking for his mail of course, cause it was littered all the way down the road,” said Ketcher.

In a Facebook post by the the Cape Girardeau County Sherriff’s Office, they shared their concerns.

As mail and packages in areas of County Road 657, 316, 318, 319 and 206 including the Hillcrest Subdivision continue to disappear.

“When do you drive down the road and get into somebody else’s mailbox?,” said Paul David Blattner, a victim of mail theft.

Paul David Blattner and his wife Noretta Blattner had their mail stolen about a month.

“We had quite a few checks in the mail box from 3 different accounts. We had to close all 3 accounts and have new accounts opened up, which was really a pain,” said Paul David Blattner.

They said they’ve never experienced this at their home in Jackson.

Although they caught the person that stole their mail, that’s not the case for everyone.

“I thought about all these other ones that are being done. Are they getting their money back? What’s happening to them?,” said Noretta Blattner.

Ever since their mail was tampered, they no longer put checks or anything in their mail box.

Instead they make a trip to the post office.

“Its just aggravating to have to do it,” said Blattner.

Ketcher said he hopes law enforcement can find whoever is committing these crimes.

Until then he and his neighbors plan to keep an eye open.

“That should never happen for one thing, and it a crying shame that people have gone to that standard,” said Ketcher.

Mail theft is a federal crime and If you have a stolen package please call the U.S. Postal Service or your local police department.

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