BELTON — A post office box for the Bell County District Clerk’s office was broken into Thursday. Shelia Norman, who is serving her final year as district clerk, alerted Bell County attorneys in a written statement Friday.
“When we arrived at the Belton Post Office at 7:30 a.m. this morning, we saw that our post office box had been vandalized,” the statement read. “All of the mail from the post office box was missing.”
Norman said attorneys often mail court documents and filing fees to the district clerk’s office.
Additionally, residents also send payments for court expenses and return jury summonses through the mailbox.
“We encourage anyone who mailed something to our office in the last week to contact us to make sure we received it,” Norman said.
Police reports were filed with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service, and the Belton Police Department.
Mike Sullivan, public information officer for the Postal Inspection Service, said multiple boxes were broken into and the crime was “uncommon” for the area.
“Normally Bell County is very quiet for us,” Sullivan said. “We have mail theft in Austin or Waco, but it doesn’t generally happen in the Temple-Belton-Killeen area.”
Although there aren’t any suspects, Sullivan said his agency currently believes there was more than one perpetrator and they weren’t from the area.
“A group came through just before Christmas,” he said. He described typical mail theft perpetrators as “very unorganized” and that they “usually have some drug involvement.”
Sullivan said the Postal Inspection Service is working to determine the damages.
“We encourage any customers who had their mail stolen to contact our office,” Sullivan said. “We are able to assist customers in working with vendors and financial institutions.”
Postal Service customers can call the Bell County District Clerk’s office at 254-933-5197 or the Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.