The Johnson family woke up Christmas morning wondering what happened to their mail.
"We're waiting for mail from relatives and friends and things of that nature," Tangela Johnson said.
Turns out some of their mail was scattered several blocks away on Crest Creek Drive in Riverview. Someone had gone through it and dumped it.
"There's desperate people out there and they're obviously trying to get things they don't already have," Johnson said.
The Johnsons were just one of many who were mail-less.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m., mail thieves walked away with fistfuls of mail.
Close to 100 residents were targeted.
Deputy Marc Wilder said hundreds of pieces of mail were collected by deputies, which included Christmas cards, letters and other personal items.
"They're definitely getting coal in their stockings this year, but at this point in time, we have no idea who may have done it," Wilder said.
Three communities in Riverview were hit, including Boyette Farms, Rivercrest, and Tucker Road.
Deputies hope some cameras may have captured those responsible red handed.
"We're hoping someone's camera may have caught something, whether it's a vehicle description, a suspect description, a tag number, anything that would be helpful to us to ascertain who these subjects are," Wilder said.
As for the Johnsons, they may be victims of mail theft, but they're hoping for a "special delivery" once the crooks are caught.
"Hopefully, whoever is responsible, they will get what is coming to them. Period, " Shawn Johnson said.
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