Neighbors angry to find mail opened, scattered on street


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Neighbors angry to find mail opened, scattered on street

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Dec 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- People in the Spring Valley area are angry after finding some of their mail opened and scattered across the street on Wednesday morning.

"It's not right to do something at somebody else's expense," said neighbor Stephanie Buraczewski.

Buraczewski never got a birthday card from relatives. Instead, Buraczewski got a ripped open envelope that was found on the ground near a mailbox on Manatee Court with nothing inside. Buraczewski checked the mailbox to find the magazines and flyers untouched.

"Maybe they're trying to get some extra cash for the holidays," Buraczewski said. "I hope that's not the case."

It was a similar story around the block on Vireo Drive.

"I could've had very personal information that was left on the street for anybody to pick up," said neighbor Joan DeCunzo.

DeCunzo said a neighbor collected several pieces of her opened mail that was found on the street and left the items at her door.

"I was angry. That's invasion of privacy," DeCunzo said. "That really made me upset that now even my mail is not safe."

It's unclear who's behind the opened mail. Many of the mailboxes in the neighborhood are not secured. The boxes do not appear to be damaged, suggesting someone may have simply opened the door to swipe the letters.

Postal inspectors are aware of the situation and will look into the matter, said Postal Service spokesman David Rupert. People who think they have been victimized can call their local post office or the mail crime hotline at 877-876-2455.

The post office recommends you use a mailbox that is locked or at least check your mail often to make sure the items do not sit for an extended period of time. You can also apply for a post office box.

Neighbors had a simple message for whoever is responsible:

"You're not entitled to everybody else's property," said DeCunzo.