Dozens, if not hundreds, of Magnolia-area postal customers have been the apparent victims of a large-scale mail theft going back at least a year.
magnoliareporter.com began receiving messages Wednesday afternoon from readers who said they had received large bundles of United States mail.
Some of those readers received a form letter from the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Southern Area Field Office in Little Rock.
The letter read, “On May 29, 2018, the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General concluded an investigation involving allegations of mail theft. The USPS-OIG recovered mail, pursuant to this investigation, which is included with this letter.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please be aware that the United States Postal Service and the USPS-OIG take mail theft very seriously.”
After posting a message on the Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook, the website began receiving messages from readers who said they had got bundles of mail Wednesday including bills, checks and other correspondence.
Some readers said they received more than one bundle.
Reports came from across the City of Magnolia, including Carson Drive and Marcella Street. Most of the stolen mail, however, appeared intended for addresses along Warnock Springs Road to the Forest Place subdivision, and the Old El Dorado Highway on the east side of the city.
The news website has contacted the USPS and the USPS Inspector General in an attempt to get more information, but no responses were forthcoming on Wednesday night. There was no immediate word on whether there has been an arrest in the case, where the missing mail was found, or how much mail was stolen.
Sheriff Mike Loe said Wednesday night that his office was not involved in an investigation.
Readers told of receiving mail dated as far back as May 2017, up to mail postmarked only a few weeks ago. Some also said they have been reporting lost mail to the Postal Service for several months.
Several also complained that due to non-delivery of utility, medical and other bills, they have had to pay late charges.
Federal mail theft is a felony, punishable by up to five years in a federal prison and fines of up to $250,000.