Burglars took nearly 800 letters from the Buena Park Post Office during a weekend break-in and left a pile of ripped envelopes nearby, police and postal authorities said Monday.
Vince Bongiovanni, a postal supervisor, said burglars entered the mail drop and box rental area inside the post office at 8082 Commonwealth Ave. between noon Saturday and noon Sunday and kicked in a wall, giving them access to the mail.
The envelopes were toted across the street to a church that is under construction. The burglars hid behind the church as they opened the mail, officials said.
"Apparently they were looking only for cash in the envelopes," Bongiovanni said. Personal checks made out to cash and travelers' checks were left behind, he added.