CONCORD, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police are investigating more than 100 cases of mail being stolen from homes located on 15 different streets in Concord, New Hampshire Monday night.
Police were called by residents who were upset that their mail had been thrown on the streets. Investigators soon realized that some select pieces of mail that were likely to contain gift cards, cash, or checks had been opened. In some instances the entire mailbox was stolen.
The thieves got Sam Bristol's Christmas gift, from her daughter.
"My Christmas gift from my daughter was stolen. She sent it here cause she lives in Boston thinking it was safer and obviously it proves it's not safer and a neighborhood like this is probably very easy pickings for people who are not honest," Bristol said.
Concord police Lt. John Thomas says in his nearly two decades with the department, he's seen the crime before, but never quite to this extent.
"Right now there's is evidence that's been collected and we're not going to tell what that is at this point. We are getting assistance from the U.S. postal service," Thomas said.
Stealing mailboxes sounds like a high school prank, but Thomas says, he believes it's the work of experienced thieves looking to make some quick cash.
"It appears they knew what they were doing, they know what they were targeting, it was done in such a way that it wouldn't be just a joke," he said.
And police say some residents may not even realize they're victims yet.
As for Sam Bristol, she says, sadly the experience will affect the way she sends and receives mail and gifts, next Christmas and really, from now on.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Concord Regional Crimeline (603) 226-3100.
© 2016 Cox Media Group.