Tweed Daily News

Thieves make off with postbox

CHRIS McCubbin wants to know why anyone in their right mind would want to steal a postbox.

Ms McCubbin, who works at the Panorama Plaza supermarket at Tweed Heads West, says thieves who stole an Australia Post letterbox from outside the store had committed a “senseless” act.

Tweed police say the thieves tore the mailbox, complete with its post and concrete stand, from the ground at Scenic Drive sometime after 5pm on Tuesday.

It was found dumped at Broadwater Esplanade in Bilambil Heights by a member of the public yesterday morning.

The box still contained about 100 letters, nearly all of which had been opened.

Ms McCubbin said all day yesterday she had been collecting mail from locals who wanted to know what had happened to the post box.

“We've got a lot of letters here that people have dropped off that we will mail when it gets replaced,” she said.

“There's so many elderly people who can't get into town who use that letter box.

“It's senseless, absolutely senseless.”

Police said the thieves must have been searching for cash and had even left a number of cheques they found with the letters.

Australia Post spokeswoman Simone Kurtz said the incident was of “deep concern” to the organisation, which she said placed the highest priority on the security and integrity of mail.

“Incidents such as this are extremely uncommon and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to those residents whose mail has been affected,” Ms Kurtz said.

“We will return the recovered mail items to their rightful owners along with a letter explaining that their mail has been tempered with as a result of this incident.

“In the meantime, any residents who are concerned their mail may have been affected can call Australia Post on 13 13 18.”

The maximum penalty for tampering with Australia Post mailboxes is 10 years' imprisonment.

Ms Kurtz encouraged the public to report suspicious activity around postboxes to police.

“As well as the significant cost to the community, theses acts of vandalism also cost Australia Post time and money that could be better spent on serving the community by doing what we do best - delivering mail to residents on time and intact,” she said.

“We hope to decrease the number of street posting box vandalism incidents in 2009 and call on everyone in the Tweed Heads community to be vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious behav- iour to local police.”

Anyone with information should call Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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