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Decatur Police Investigating Mail Thefts in Lenox Place Neighborhood

One resident reported a check missing.

Decatur's Lenox Place community, shaded gray, has been hit with a string of mail thefts. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Google Maps
Decatur's Lenox Place community, shaded gray, has been hit with a string of mail thefts. GRAPHIC CREDIT: Google Maps

From Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross:

Decatur police are investigating a mail theft that occurred in the Lenox Place neighborhood on Jan. 24, 2014.

A complainant reported mail was removed from her mailbox between 5:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. and a small package opened and the item inside stolen.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and recovered mail belonging to eight additional residents on:

  • Melrose Avenue
  • Adair Street
  • Lansdowne Avenue
  • Drexel Avenue 
Mail was strewn on the sidewalk and streets. One resident reported a check missing. At this time, no other items have been reported to be missing.

Based on the circumstances, it appears the suspect(s) was walking through the neighborhood. 

There was also a theft of outgoing mail in the 300 block of Mead Road reported on Jan. 21, 2014. In that case, the mail contained outgoing checks that were taken from the mailbox overnight.

Prevention Tips:

  • Take outgoing mail, especially outgoing checks, directly to the post office or USPS mailbox in your area.
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox once it is delivered.
  • If you observe someone walking through your neighborhood going to multiple mailboxes, please call police immediately and provide a detailed description of the person, what they are wearing and what direction they are going. Thanks to the observations and quick call from a Decatur resident in the South Candler Street/Midway Road area on Jan. 26, 2013, officers were able to locate and arrest a mail theft suspect and recover stolen property.

 

For more tips, go to https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/mailfraud/fraudschemes/mailtheft/tipthieves.aspx

Julie Henderson January 26, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I just learned that Christmas gifts mailed to this neighborhood back in mid December never arrived, so the mail thefts may have begun earlier than this article indicates.
cookee2 January 28, 2014 at 07:35 PM
I live off of Katie Kerr Drive in Decatur. A check was stolen from my mailbox back in October and the person made a check with my info on it for a sizable amount of money and had a homeless person try to cash the check at a Cobb Count branch of the credit union. Thankfully, the cashier at the CU did her due diligence and the homeless person was arrested and taken into custody in Cobb County. Best to take any mailed checks directly to the Post Office or official mail slot.

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