Mailbox thefts on rise in south, east metro Denver

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- Mailbox thieves are creating mayhem across the metro area. Southern Douglas County has seen the biggest problems.

Numerous community mailboxes in Larkspur and Parker have been broken into in recent weeks. Aurora also has been targeted.

"I went up to check my mail and it looks like it's still wobbly,” said Lisa Zolman, an Aurora resident who had her mail stolen.

Zolman returned home Sunday from a vacation and discovered her mail missing and the mailbox about to topple over.

"I expected to have a whole stack of mail in there and I didn't have anything,” she said.

About a dozen of her neighbors were also missing their mail. Authorities said there several things you can do to protect yourself.

"One of the big things is not everyone checks the mail every day. If you could check your mail more often and every day, that way you can narrow it down to when this is occurring,” said Lauren Lekander with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

While Lekander speculates most of the thieves are trying to steal tax refund checks, she said they often end up with even more than they hoped for, things such as credit card offers that can then be used to steal identities.

Zolman has been making calls to prevent that from happening, especially after learning a new driver’s license was in the mail.

“I didn’t get much of anything else done. It’s frustrating,  yeah. I’m angry too,” she said.

Authorities believe most of the mailbox thefts are likely happening at night and many on weekends.

In addition to checking for mail every day, the sheriff's office also recommends placing a hold on mail whenever you’re going to be going out of town, even if it’s just for a few days.