(KMOV.com) – A warning tonight for homeowners in west St. Louis County as police report someone is going into mailboxes during the day and stealing the mail.
Authorities said the suspects are after personal financial information, like checks and bank statements, or anything with a name and account number on it.
One homeowner said he and his wife knew something was wrong when they noticed one of their bank statements was missing, and they both come at the same time. The home is along Isle View Drive in Chesterfield.
Police said other cases have been reported in nearby Ballwin and Town and Country.
Residents along Isle View Drive said they have noticed mailboxes on the block are open, but how do residents protect their mail? Authorities suggest neighbors to keep an eye out around their streets for anyone poling into mailboxes.
Taking mail is a federal offense that can land a suspect in prison for five years for every piece of mail taken.