ANDERSON, Calif.- Mail theft can happen to anyone. Anderson resident Dana Sandifer says she came to her mailbox, and when she opened it, all her mail was gone.
"All of my mail was gone. There was about a week's worth of mail; I usually check my mail once a week, so I usually have quite a lot of things in there," Sandifer said.
Officials urge people not to leave any mail or packages behind for an extended amount of time to prevent possible theft.
But if someone does steal your mail – don't wait to report it.
"It is critical make that reports with local law enforcement or sheriff or with us, make an online report, it does make a difference it helps identify the suspect," Postal Inspection Service Public Information Officer Jeff Fitch said.
Meanwhile, Sandifer is worried the thief could use her mail to steal her identity.
"It makes me very angry that someone is going around and doing this. It also worries me because I don't know what else I have in my mail I don't know if I had bank stuff in there or mortgage stuff," Sandifer said.
Sandifer says she plans on checking her mail early in the day and possibly getting a P.O. box.
Nichols tells Action News Now that she is part of a Facebook group where she will alert more people about this issue in her community.