NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Nolensville Police Department is asking for the public’s help catching two people accused of stealing an entire postal box last weekend.
The incident happened shortly after 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Surveillance video shows two individuals arriving at the Nolensville post office in a Dodge Ram 1500, which police described as burgundy and white.
In the video from across the street, authorities said you can see what appears to be short bursts of light. That’s where one of the suspects reportedly used an impact wrench to twist four-inch bolts, securing the postal box, out of the ground.
“They’ve been broken into before and checks and mail removed, but this is the first time that they’ve removed the entire box itself,” Detective Sgt. Josh Combs told News 2.
Within three minutes, the pair loaded up the entire box and drove away in the distinctive pickup truck, according to police. The crime was reported to law enforcement the next day.
Authorities shared investigative photos of the bare cement patch where the box once stood, saying that two of the bolts were left in the grass.
To the post office’s credit, the box has already been replaced and secured with shiny new bolts.
“11:20 p.m., granted it is a Sunday night, but we’re not in the wee hours of the morning, and there are still cars moving around and people are stirring, so they really didn’t have any regard for being seen or thinking they’re going to get caught,” Combs explained.
According to investigators, it only took a few days for the suspects to steal financial information from the documents in the mailbox and manufacture fraudulent checks written for thousands of dollars.
“We don’t take kindly to theft here,” Combs said. “We don’t want our community and our citizens victimized, and we’re going to set the precedent that if you come here and do that, we’re going to do our best to hunt you down and find you and prosecute you.”
If you have any information about who stole the postal box Sunday night, you are urged to contact the Nolensville Police Department at 615-776-3640.
News 2 reached out to the U.S. Postal Service, but officials have yet to issue a statement on the crime.