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Chesterfield neighbors worry someone's tampering with their mail

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – It happened to their neighbors, now some people in Chesterfield fear it's happening to them. As the Fed's investigate how mail washed up in a nearby creek days before Christmas, people living off Bailey Bridge Road near Hull Street Road worry somebody's tampering with their mail.

NBC12 received copies of the emails Bayhill Pointe neighbors are sending each other. They're worried someone's messing with their mail. In the seven pages of emails they report lost, stolen or open correspondence.

People in the sprawling community may not know every single one of their neighbors. But on the Bayhill Pointe community website they're found they have something in common.

According to the emails, some people report coming home and finding their mailboxes open. Others say their bills and packages never arrived at their destination. Then some people say they found their letters and billed opened.

Concern escalated after mail washed up in a creek less than three miles from the neighborhood. Ryan Thompson found the soggy correspondence.

How many pieces would you say were in there? "Several hundred," said Thompson. "I mean we literally had to, it took about an hour to fish it all out with a rake."

Thompson explained he found "Electric bills, phone bills, like I said we found somebody's diploma for an associate's degree- that was in there."

Federal investigators sent letters to potential victims. Ryan isn't one of them and so far, neither is anyone living in Bayhill Pointe, but that hasn't calmed nerves.

"We've been checking our mail a lot more frequently," said Thompson. "You know, pulling it out basically right when it comes in."

Via email neighbors are now asking each other to watch out.

As for the packages getting to their final destination, "probably consider you know, maybe going straight to the post office," recommended Thompson. 

A few people in Bayhill Pointe have filed complaints with postal investigators who are now working to see if there's a link between those complaints at the mail in the creek.

The investigation into the mail found in the creek should be done before the end of this week.  People affected live in zip code 23112 and should have received a letter explaining the investigation.

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