LEE -- A thief or thieves are targeting local homeowners mail in search of some quick holiday cash.

The Lee Police Department received two reports on Saturday afternoon that several pieces of open mail were found in the Devon Road area near Stockbridge and Pine Street in South Lee.

The first call came from the Lee Postmaster around 3:10, followed by a South Lee homeowner notifying local authorities nearly an hour later, according to police

Sgt. Craig DeSantis says mail was stolen from at least six residential mailboxes.

"The intent was to get money as only Christmas cards were found open, the rest of the mail was just discarded," he said. "It's unknown if any money was taken."

DeSantis noted tampering with the mail is a federal offense and he expects postal inspectors will be investigating the crime along with Lee police.

Anyone with information about the mail thefts or notices suspicious activity near a mailbox is asked to contact the Lee Police Department at 243-5530.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
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