Update: Mailbox thefts continue in northern Rusk County

Update: Mailbox thefts continue in northern Rusk County
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:47pm

According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, mailbox thefts are continuing in northern Rusk County. Investigators received approximately 10 additional cases last week.

Investigators also received a description of a vehicle that may be connected to the thefts. Anyone noticing suspicious activity involving a black Nissan SUV with a white male or white female driver are ask to call the Rusk County Sheriff's Office immediately.

Authorities say anyone discovering mail alongside roadways or any other unusual areas should not attempt to remove and contact local law enforcement.

Until the suspects are apprehended, authorities advise citizens to avoid rural mailboxes when sending outgoing mail.

US Postal Inspectors are meeting with Rusk County investigators this week.

Anyone with information may call the Rusk County Sheriff's Office at (903) 657-3581.

Original report:

A rash of mail thefts have occurred throughout much of rural Rusk County.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office is asking people across the county to use caution when sending out mail. Deputies have arrested two thieves so far, but the thefts have not stopped.

Rusk County Sgt. Viki Penny says the bandits are watching for raised red flags on mailboxes, then taking what's inside. The thefts have happened randomly countywide.

When sending payments by mail, authorities recommend contacting the recipient to ensure payments were received or taking mail directly to the post office.

The postal service has been notified and as the investigation continues, the citizens of Rusk County are urged to use caution with outgoing mail.

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