by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police are looking for thieves who broke into three dozen mailboxes at an apartment complex and stole whatever they could find.
Miguel Mendoza told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the thieves took bills and other mail from his box at the Riverwood Apartments off Holcomb Bridge Road.
Neighbors told Petchenik they were concerned about the situation.
“It’s not very safe,” said Alisha Dodson. “People could get my information and things.”
Dodson said she’s seen mail strewn all over the central box near the front of the complex.
“It would be nice if they would replace them and be more secure on the mailboxes,” she said. “I’ve seen them wide open every day that I go out there. There’s mail just laid on the top, so anybody can go through it.”
Roswell police Lt. James McGee told Petchenik the thieves were likely after tax refund checks and other personal information to steal identities.
“I’ve been here since ’84, and I’ve never seen the magnitude of the number of mailboxes like this particular one,” McGee told Petchenik. “You’ve got to be careful what you’re having sent to your mailbox. That’s the most critical thing.”
McGee suggested apartment dwellers send their mail to a post office box or to a relative’s house. He said witnesses saw a white van near the mailboxes before the theft, but so far police don’t have any suspects in custody.
The apartment manager told Petchenik the complex has no comment about the theft.