ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – More than half the neighborhood in a Northeast Heights community woke up Saturday to no mail. Not because it was a day off for the postal service, but because a pair of group mailboxes were stolen overnight.
Where there used to be two of these big group mailboxes, all that’s left are a few screws and washers that have been left behind. Residents KRQE News 13 spoke with said they are confused as to why someone would want the entire box.
When Lyn Wilcox has tried to reach the U.S.Postal Service in the past, she has not had the best of luck.
“It rings and rings and rings. Nobody answers, there’s no answering machine,” said Wilcox.
Saturday, she really needed to talk to someone from the postal service because Wilcox and her neighbors want answers.
“About to stick my key in, there’s no mailbox,” said Shakira Diggs.
She is talking about the entire group mailbox.
“This morning I went to go look to see if we had any mail and noticed the mailboxes were missing,” said Daniel Ware.
Normally, residents in these town homes on Holiday Breeze Place near Juan Tabo and Montgomery can find their mail in one of four group mailboxes on their street. However, two of them were gone Saturday morning.
“It happened sometime last night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.,” said Ware.
A U.S. Postal Service spokesperson said they are aware of the missing mailboxes, but could not comment further. For now, residents will have to go into the post office to get their mail.
“They are going to replace them, but they said it’s going to take up to two weeks to replace it,” said Ware.
A bizarre incident that has residents scratching their heads.
“I could see like a letter, maybe creating a new id, credit card. But what are you going do with the whole box?” said Diggs.
“They need to do something about all of our safety,” said Wilcox.
Residents have been told the police will be alerted once the postal service does their own investigation. Mailboxes are considered federal property and violators can be fined up to $250,000 or face up to three years behind bars.