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Theft of residential mailboxes in Horizon sparks reward of up to $100,000

HORIZON CITY, Texas (KVIA) -- The United States Postal Inspection Service is offering up to $100,000 in rewards for information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) who stole from various residential mailboxes in Horizon.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says this incident took place between May 9 and May 15 at the 1400 block of Ascension Rd. and Temperance St.

USPIS warns the public not to take action by themselves if apprehending the suspect(s). Anyone with information is asked to contact the USIPS at 1-877-876-2455 and say "Law Enforcement." The case number of this incident is 4142298-MT, if reference is needed.

Any information provided will be kept confidential.

ABC-7 spoke with those affected following the incident and found out the mailboxes were no longer there.

Neighbors in the area were caught by surprise since they were not told the mailboxes would be removed or where they had to pick up their correspondence.

Lilia Santiesteban, a neighbor affected by the incident, said she showed up and thought for a second she was at the wrong place. Santiesteban said no one notified neighbors the mailboxes would be removed, and no sign with information was left letting them know where to pick up their mail.

Another neighbor told ABC-7 that she called the United States Postal Service and found out she would have to pick up her mail at her corresponding location at 2100 George Dieter. A location that is 19 miles away from the place where the residents' mailboxes used to be.

ABC-7 was able to confirm in person that this is the location where the residents of Ascension Rd. and Temperance St. can pick up their correspondence, but could not get confirmation on when the new mailboxes would be in place.

Those affected by the incident told ABC-7 that mail theft incidents worry them since personal information can be taken and used for the wrong reasons. Not only this, but they say having to replace their mailboxes due to the incident brings inconveniences since many people don't have the time or resources to visit their corresponding postal office.

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