CREATED Nov. 19, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's a battle for one resident to get into his mailbox in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood, near Smoke Ranch Road and Rainbow Boulevard. If you look at the other mailboxes, you will see that the doors are hanging off the hinges and the locks are busted.
This isn't the first time the mailboxes on Sweetzer and Steinke have been vandalized.
"The first one down the street, they actually stole the mailboxes and drove away in a U-Haul," resident Kevin Butler said. "They replaced that one and I would like to get something done about this one."
Butler said the latest vandalism happened Saturday and he contacted Action News for help.
"Channel 13 has a way of getting things done," Butler said.
After Action News called the postal service, an inspector came to check the boxes and pick up possible evidence of the break in.
"We are going to retrieve the evidence and process it accordingly with all the other information," postal inspector Vicki Dee Lenard said. "We do need people who have been victims of mail theft to report it."
The postal service says it could take up to two weeks to fix the boxes. In the meantime residents will have to travel to the nearest post office to send and receive their mail.
"There are a lot of people in this neighborhood that are handicapped and can't go back and forth every day," Butler said.
The postal service said it will install reinforced boxes that are more difficult to vandalize, but John Zedler who lives down the street said that doesn't make a difference.
"This is a brand new mailbox not even two months old and it's been broken into," Zedler said.
Residents are concerned their valuable mail is stolen, especially around the holidays.
"You have cards coming in for Thanksgiving and Christmas," Butler said.
"Our social security checks, it's like a gold mine for thieves," Zedler said.
To report mail theft call 1-877-876-2455.