Rural residents in the north valley subdivision of Valley Lake Ranchos awoke to an unpleasant surprise Sunday morning, as word spread that their community mailboxes had been broken into and any mail in the boxes was missing.
The theft is thought to have occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to Madera County deputies, who investigated the break in. The boxes were not damaged but had been apparently been opened from the back possibly with a postal key, they said.
Approximately 30 to 40 residents of Avenue 22, Diane Way, Woodview Drive, Stablis Court, and adjacent streets potentially lost mail. Several other mailboxes on or near the streets were also reportedly opened from the back.
Ann Pearson, a contract mail carrier, has delivered the mail in the area for six years and came out on Sunday afternoon to determine the condition of the mailboxes and secure them. She spoke with residents and hand delivered the packages remaining in one unit that had not been opened...