COPPERAS COVE — Nearly two dozen U.S. Postal Service boxes were broken into and damaged at the Copperas Cove Post Office, including a box belonging to the city, officials said.

The city box could have contained payments made by the public, and police are encouraging residents to monitor and safeguard accounts, especially on recent payments made using the city post office box address.

The criminal mischief and theft at 802 E. Avenue D were reported Monday, according to a news release from the city. The initial investigation revealed a total of 21 post office boxes that were damaged and appeared to be pried open.

The following post office boxes were damaged or pried open: 09, 39, 69, 99, 129, 130, 160, 249, 279, 550, 599, 1049, 1179, 1209, 1525, 1539, 1569, 1719, 1749, 1779, and 1809.

A large amount of mail and checks were recovered, and a suspect was identified early in the investigation, a release said.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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