It's that time of year again. But we're not talking about Christmas lights or caroling. Deputies say mail thefts are already an issue in three York County neighborhoods.
Jo Reed lives in the Tabb Lakes subdivision.
"Tuesday night is when I put it out. Wednesday morning it was gone," she says.
Her mail was stolen last week.
"I was a little disturbed,” Reed says. “It was a little gift my daughter was sending to a friend. I was glad that it wasn't a gift card I was sending out, or money."
Deputies say gift cards and money are the targets for the thieves.
So far, homeowners in Reed's neighborhood, along with Lakes of Dare and Greenlands have reported mail stolen.
"If it's happening in other neighborhoods then it's not just some kid having a fun, good time doing a prank,” Reed says. “It's more serious."
Neighbors have described two suspicious men to investigators.
One community reported seeing a man, driving a gold Camry, peeking in mailboxes. Other neighbors describe a white man with facial hair between 25-35 years old, wearing a reflective vest, looking through the metal boxes. They say that man was spotted driving a beige 4-door Taurus.
"I’m kind of watching out for neighbors,” Reed says. “I saw packages on the porch earlier today back there and I'm just hoping everything goes OK."
If you see mail being tampered with, deputies say call 911. If possible, they ask that you
provide a vehicle description, license plate number and/or description of the
individual. If your mail has been stolen, call the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office at 757-890-3621.