Madness: Paul’s wife Lee with the new mailbox.
Madness: Paul’s wife Lee with the new mailbox. Bruce Thomas

Thieves steal prized letterbox

PAUL North always knew his mailbox was something special but he never imagined someone would be bold enough to steal it.

Paul, a keen woodworker, spent the best part of a day lovingly crafting the letterbox out of a slab of camphor laurel.

“It was some 1500mm high and 500mm at the top to 300mm at the bottom with a natural black border and a brass and chrome letterbox set into it,” said Paul, who lives in Coffs Harbour’s Azalea Avenue.

“It was sunk into the ground by about one metre with a concrete base and was valued at about $300.

“It was no ordinary letterbox as it was one of a kind and I had received many favourable comments about its construction and design.

“I like nice things and when I make things, I like them to be a bit different.”

When Paul went outside to get the paper last Friday, he couldn’t believe his eyes when his mailbox was no longer there.

“I had to look twice,” he said.

“It had been sunk into the ground and it would have taken at least two persons to pull it out and a vehicle to take it away.”

Paul is urging residents to be on the lookout for the mailbox because he would love to have it back.

In the meantime he’s had to pay for another letterbox and this one is made of brick.

“They won’t be carrying that one off,” he said.

The robbery came a week to the day that intruders ran off with Paul’s three solar lights he had installed to light up his driveway at night.

And only two nights before his mailbox went walkabout, thieves raided a building site across the road and stole $6000 worth of tools.

They’ve also plundered copper wire from another property in the street.

Paul has told police about the theft of his letterbox.

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