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More stolen mail recovered

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RIVERVIEW (FOX 13) -

Hillsborough deputies have collected and returned more stolen mail to the post office.

Investigators say hundreds of pieces of mail were found scattered throughout several Riverview-area neighborhoods Christmas morning.

We found some of Shawn Johnson's mail several blocks away.

"It's just the sign of the times. We'll just leave it in the hands of authorities. If there is something out there of significance that we lost, we'll get it back soon," Johnson said.

Other residents like Grace Chandler are worried they maybe victims too, and just don't know it yet.

"I'm worried about somebody going into our mailbox and stealing our mail " Chandler said.

Detectives say the mail thefts happened between midnight and 6 a.m. Christmas morning.

Postal Inspector Doug Smith says after looking at the evidence left behind, it's clear what the crooks were after.

"It appears based on the evidence that these criminals were probably intent on finding Christmas cards with maybe money or gift cards enclosed, " Smith said.

Smith says they will be reaching out to the neighborhood associations, looking for surveillance video that may have caught the thieves red-handed.

Until then, the discarded mail will be analyzed for evidence and eventually returned to the right hands.

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