I’m writing this letter in hopes you print it in the paper more as a “Public Service Announcement” although it includes a little dissatisfaction with the Sheriff’s Department as well.
On Saturday evening, Aug. 3, there was a knock at my door and I was greeted by a couple of folks I’ve never met before. They provided me with a handful of mail bearing my address that they said they’d found in a ditch along a road a couple of miles from my house. They told me that they had found this mail along with that belonging to several other folks whose addresses ranged from Mt. Aukum all the way to Highway 50.
This was mail that had been placed in my mailbox the previous day. It had been torn open and checks were removed. All of the other mail these folks recovered had the same appearance. These kind people were in the process of returning the mail to its rightful owners. They said they had found it the previous evening but rather than disturb it, they called the Sheriff’s office to report that “obviously stolen mail” had been discarded at that given location.
The next day they found the mail still there. Apparently there had been no response by the Sheriff’s Department. It would have been nice if they had been able to notify folks a little sooner. My particular temporary loss was over $700. Thankfully that loss was recoverable, however had these folks not taken the time to contact me, further loss and inconvenience would have been much more monumental. I can’t estimate what loss the other folks whose mail they recovered might have been but I’m betting it’s probably substantial in the total.
Granted, this doesn’t amount to a major crime scene requiring the likes of CSI to respond, however it does speak to the fact that there are some miscreants out there trying to start their own crime wave, and it may involve large amounts of money in the long run. In fact, it seems they already have.
As a note of caution to residents living in the rural areas of our fine county, do not put outgoing mail in your rural mailbox to be picked up by the carrier, and if you are expecting money or checks in the mail, be extra vigilant that you don’t let it linger in your mailbox after the expected delivery time.
As for my disappointment with the Sheriff’s Department; I have several friends in the department that I hold in very high esteem, but in the last year I’ve reported a couple of situations to the department that went unanswered, and this latest issue involved potential losses well over $1,000 I’m sure. It wasn’t just a trash dumping, but then you’d have to respond to determine that wouldn’t you?
And I thought things were supposed to improve after this last election.
On a positive note, I’m glad to see that there are still some nice, honest people living in our midst. I send many thanks to them. They went above and beyond the call of being good neighbors.