Thieves have begun targeting mailboxes and front porches to steal packages from homes across middle Tennessee during the holidays.
Jennifer Branton went to check her mail on Monday when she noticed someone had opened an enveloped addressed to her 11-year-old son from his grandmother.
"I saw the card was halfway out of the package and knew right then something was gone from it," the mother of two from Spring Hill said.
Jennifer quickly realized the Christmas money sent to her son had been stolen.
"Other people think they can do this to other people, the person didn't know who it was or addressed to but obviously they needed it more than I did or my son did," she added.
Officials said the holidays are prime season for mail thieves to strike
"Everybody thinks it the holidays and people won’t commit any crime they’re still gonna do it," Lt. Justin Whitwell with Spring Hill Police said.
"When you order the package make sure you have it signed for on delivery or speak with your neighbor and have them keep an eye on," he added.