Possible mail thief in Papillion

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 20:17:49-04

Matt Chvala never imagined he'd be the victim of this type of crime.

“These types of crimes are difficult to find out who did them without camera evidence."

Last week neighbors say someone broke into this mailbox in the Overland Hills neighborhood, but Chvala says the mail crook only took his mail.

"The only reason they took mail from me is because I was the only one who had any mail in there based off what police told me."

Fortunately Chvala says nothing important was taken since he handles all of his business online.

“I know I don't get any checks or anything like that in the mail so I really wasn't all that concerned."

Papillion police say this is a federal offense that will be taken seriously.

"Anytime anyone is around the mailbox that a neighbor doesn't recognize, or is acting suspiciously, and seems to be tampering with something, they should call the police department."

After several recent car break-ins in Papillion and La Vista and now this, Chvala says he's considering purchasing cameras.

"That might help maybe catch some of these people doing car break-ins or the mailbox issue.

According to the United States criminal code mail theft is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine.