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Police warn of thieves targeting mailboxes

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Police are warning metro Atlanta residents who put important items in their mail boxes to be picked up by carriers. Thieves have recently been stealing people's mail in the middle of the day.

Police said thieves hit mailboxes last week in the Smyrna area and it's a crime that occasionally happens throughout cities across metro Atlanta. Thieves see the red flag on a mail box and that's when they hit.

Smyrna Police say it happens more frequently as the holidays approach because they're likely to find gift cards or cash in the mail.

One resident, Salvador De La Rosa, had an important document with his wife's signature stolen from his mail box.

"We set out mail out there when we leave at 7 a.m. and when the mail carrier came around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., it was gone," said De La Rosa.

He said he and his wife were surprised to get a call that night from Smyrna Police saying someone had found their mail discarded in a ditch on the side of the road. Thieves had taken what was valuable and thrown out the rest.

Smyrna Police Detective Ron Waddell tells CBS46 that thieves are also looking for checks to forge and identities to steal. He says not even the blue drop boxes are safe anymore.

"There are tricks of actually being able to go into the blue boxes and just take handfuls at a time," said Waddell. "It's unfortunate. But there's no way that it's foolproof."

Police say the safest was way to send mail is to travel to your local post office, walk inside and actually place it into the mail slot.

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