Wary postal worker tips off police to missing mail across Horry County

Postal worker spots people stealing mail (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

On Tuesday, Horry County police announced that they had recovered pieces of mail stolen from mailboxes all over the county. Now, we're finding out more about how authorities found out about the missing pieces of post to begin with.

Police say it was a postal worker who helped them crack the case.

They found out about mail being stolen throughout the county after a postal worker reported witnessing suspicious activity on their route.

"We tell them to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity, and that's exactly what happened in this instance," said US Postal Inspector Mike Carroll.

Carroll said that it is not just mail carriers that need to be on the look out though.

"Much like you wouldn't leave your purse or wallet sitting on the front seat of your car with the vehicle unlocked, don't leave your mail or mailbox sitting on your porch for extended periods of time," said Carroll.

He recommends mailing packages you won't be able to grab right away to a neighbor or where you work.

"If you're going to be out of town for multiple days for the holidays, contact the post office, you can do it online and put a hold on your mail," said Carroll.

You can request to hold mail on the USPS's website.

In this most recent investigation, authorities say the impacted streets Horry County were in the 29588, 29575 and 29579 zip codes.

People who live in those areas are asked to contact Detective Kathy Thompson at 843-915-7999 or email her at

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