Mail theft reported in Brunswick County

Published: Aug. 4, 2015 at 2:26 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2015 at 2:26 PM EDT
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BELVILLE, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of mail being stolen from mailboxes in residential homes in Belville.

Several homeowners in the Olde Towne, Woodridge, and River Ridge subdivisions have reported their mail being stolen recently. All cases have been reported to the sheriff's office.

Belville resident Mark McAllister says he's not surprised by this trend of thefts and that there are more than reported.

"We've had break-ins in automobiles on our street here in Belville, we've had [breaking and enterings] as soon as school got out we had a B&E on Eastwood, we've had individuals ride up on bikes and check mail at night," McAllister said.

Officials advise residents to not allow their mail to stay in their mailboxes for a long period of time.

McAllister says the key in helping prevent items from being stolen is staying connected with your neighbors and notice when people who are not from the area are in the neighborhood.

"We shouldn't have anyone coming up and down the street so most of us here know the 25 people that live on this cul-de-sac and we watch out for each others property," he said.

If you have had your mail stolen the last few days, call the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office or Belville Town Hall.

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