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December 09. 2013 10:26PM

Police: Christmas cards stolen from mailboxes

EPPING — 'Tis the season for sending Christmas cards — and stealing them.

Police are warning homeowners to keep their mailboxes cleaned out after Christmas cards and other mail were swiped from several boxes over the weekend and then dumped along the road.

"This is the time of year when you'll see this type of stuff," police Detective Marc Turner said.

Police don't know exactly how many pieces of mail were taken, but Turner said it appears someone likely targeted the mailboxes while walking from Fremont Road toward Main Street sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

With the holiday approaching, Turner said thieves are likely looking for Christmas cards with money.

Police were notified of the mail theft by a resident of Railroad Avenue who found mail in her newspaper delivery box that belonged to a neighbor down the road.

Turner and Officer Russell Hero checked the area and found more mail thrown on the sides of Railroad Avenue, which connects Fremont Road to Main Street.

The opened mail included Christmas cards.

Turner said all of the mail was collected and returned to the owners, several of whom were not aware that their mail had been stolen.

In some cases, he said some homeowners had not checked their mail in a couple of days. He said it's important to remove mail regularly, especially during the holiday season when it could become an easy target.

"You should empty your mailboxes right away and if you see something suspicious call it in," he said.

This is also a time of year when police tend to see more people looking in vehicles to steal presents or breaking into homes, he said.

Anyone with information on the mail thefts is asked to call the Epping Police Department at 679-5122. Callers can also leave tips anonymously at 679-3030.

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