Coast mail stolen, discarded in stormwater drain
YANDINA residents are being warned to check their letterboxes more frequently after reports of mail being rifled through and stolen.
Resident of 18 years Phillip Richards said three streets in particular had been targeted; Nichols, Andersons and Cooloolabin Rds.
He hasn't been a target himself but has found mail scattered in a stormwater drain hundreds of metres from the addresses.
He first noticed missing mail during the Christmas holidays and the problem resurfaced over Easter.
"Most letter boxes aren't secure, but the problem is, unless you're expecting a specific letter, you don't know it is missing,” Mr Richards said.
"These holidays I found a stack of my neighbour's mail thrown in a drain. The letters were all soaked.
"Some of the letters over Christmas had been opened. Over Easter they must have just looked at them to see if they were important.”
Mr Richards was concerned one of the letters was a missing fine.
He said if it had gone unpaid it could have had major consequences for the owner.
The Yandina residents believe a group of teenagers are behind the thefts.
Mr Richards, who also works at the School of Arts Hall, said smashed windows continued to be an issue at the hall.
He said the police had been notified, however officers at Nambour Police Station said no stolen mail in Yandina had been reported this year.
Officers said they had one report from Bli Bli in January and a Yandina case in December.
They said a large portion of stolen mail goes un-reported as the recipients do not know it is gone.