Mail thieves concern resident

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

MAIL thieves may be targetting birthday and other personal message cards for what they might contain, according to Gladstone resident Ken Arundel.

Mr Arundel's birthday gift of $50 sent with a birthday card from his daughter in New South Wales did not arrive with the card which had obviously been opened.

'This is not a coincidence ? it's the second time it has happened to me in the space of three days,' he said.

Mr Arundel said his daughter had sent another card which contained photographs of the grandchildren. He said these also went missing, although they may have fallen out of the opened letter.

He said it was obvious the letter was a celebratory one because it had messages from the grandchildren addressed to 'Poppy'.

'They (the thieves) must be targeting cards because they expect that they could contain gift money, scratchies or other things in them.'

He said it was not obvious that the letters were opened by the same person.

One stick down letter was torn open at the corner and the other was slit open at the end.

He said the letter with the money was sent via Kilkivan although it was clearly marked Kin Kora.

He said he had spoken to his mail deliver er about the letters and was told 'it happened sometimes'.

He said another puzzle was that the mail, following the theft, was then sent on its way again.

'It's difficult to understand why they would steal like that then put it back for delivery.'



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