SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WTVD) -- Checks stolen from mailboxes can be 'washed,' forged and cashed, NC police warns
The Southern Pines Police Department has issued a warning to people who have roadside mailboxes.
In a January 21 Facebook post, the police department says there has been an increase in mail stolen from those boxes. According to the SPPD, in every reported case checks were taken from the boxes.
Stolen checks can be "washed", which means they are being altered, forged and cashed by alleged thieves. If you observe suspicious persons or vehicles in your community or on a home security camera, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
If you have information on this investigation, contact the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-692-7031. If you believe you are a victim of mail theft, you should report it to the local police and the Postal Inspection Service by calling the hotline at 877-876-2455 (say "theft") or on their website.