Moorestown police: Thieves have been 'mailbox fishing' and reeling in checks

Several cases of mail were taken right out of curbside mailboxes.

Tim Jimenez
September 27, 2018 - 10:23 am
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MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Moorestown Police say criminals have been stealing checks from big blue mailboxes in town. 

They say several cases of mail were taken right out of curbside mailboxes, including the three blue boxes next to each other near the post office on Chester Avenue.

Investigators say the thieves are "mailbox fishing." The checks they grab can be altered and then cashed.

Karen Brown says she's worried because she still mails important items, especially for her father.

"I'm putting his health care payments in, and credit card payment or condo fee payment," Brown said. "So, yeah you just kind of wonder."

Moorestown Police say anyone affected can give them a call, but this issue is widespread.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says on average each year, they arrest 10,000 people for mail theft or for being in possession of stolen mail.

"And it's supposedly a federal offense," Brown said, "but people just don't care."

If you need to mail a check, police recommend taking the envelope to the post office or handing it directly to a mail carrier. Making payments online would work, too, but that also comes with risks.

"Well let's face it. You're banking online — you got hackers," Brown said.