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Adair County Sheriff Warns of Mail Thieves

ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa - Authorities are looking for mail thieves in Adair County.

Adair County sheriff's deputies said they are looking at around 30 reports since Thursday, stretching from Greenfield to Stuart. Deputies said people are finding piles of mail in the middle of the street, and that's just what the thieves left behind because they are looking for something valuable.

"The regular mails, your bills, (the thieves) just throw them out the window," said Adair County Sheriff Brad Newton. "It looks like they take the mail out of the mailbox, they drive away, (and then) they sort through it. What they want to keep, they keep. What they don't want, they throw out the window."

Newton said the holiday season is a perfect opportunity for such kind of theft.

"Our theory is it's the holiday season, people are getting Christmas cards and they have cash in them. Some may have gift cards in them," Newton said.

However, it's not easy to figure out what's missing, deputies said.

"The post office doesn't know what's in the envelopes. We don't know what's in the envelopes," Newton said.

The sheriff said beating the thieves to the box is the best way to avoid being a victim.

"If you know what time your mail gets there, if at all possible, try to get it as soon as you can after it's delivered," Newton said.

The sheriff said they don't have a lot to go on, but they're looking for two white males driving a mid-sized white vehicle.

"If you see a strange vehicle pulled up to someone's mailbox or your mailbox, call us. Try to get a license number. That would help us more than anything," Newton said.

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