Multiple Las Vegas neighborhoods hit with mailbox theft

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Multiple people living in neighborhoods within a couple miles of each other say they've all fallen victim to mailbox theft in the past few days. Neighbors say one of the acts was even caught on camera near Sahara Avenue and Town Center Drive.

In the video, you see a white van pull up to a community mailbox. When it pulls away, the mailbox doors are left wide open. Neighbors say the driver of the white van stole all their mail.

"There was a moment of panic but we are pretty good about picking our mail up every day," said Brenden Harris.

Less than a mile down the road, Lance Horton was walking his dog when he noticed their community mailbox was wide open too. He snapped a few photos.

"Wide open," said Horton. "And it was there for everybody to see if there was anything left over, they could take it."

The thief sorted through the mail, only taking the good stuff.

"They left behind all of the fliers and junk mail," said Horton.

Within an hour, a postal inspector came out to fix the problem.

"She just said it happens a lot and make sure you check your mail every day," said Horton. "Don't leave it in there over the weekend and it's been a real problem around here."

A spokesperson with USPS says make sure you pick up your mail every day and if you are out of town, let the Post Office know and they will store it for you until you return home.

Mailbox theft is a federal crime so there's no need to call Las Vegas police if it happens in your neighborhood. Call 1-877-876-2455 to report the crime.

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