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Yet Another Mailbox Theft Means $80K Has Been Stolen Since August: NYPD

By Dartunorro Clark | December 13, 2016 3:48pm
 There have been nine reports filed claiming checks have been altered and stolen from East Harlem mailboxes.
There have been nine reports filed claiming checks have been altered and stolen from East Harlem mailboxes.
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EAST HARLEM — The latest victim in a rash of check thefts from East Harlem mailboxes has had his $1,800 rent payment stolen, the NYPD said.

The 24-year-old man put the check in a sealed, stamped envelope in a box at East 117th Street and Lexington Avenue to send to his landlord on Nov. 2, police said.

A month later, his bank told him the face of the check had been altered and the check cashed, though the amount stayed the same.

The victim filed a police report on Dec. 8.

This is the ninth report filed in the 25th Precinct regarding check thefts from mailboxes in the neighborhood since mid-August. More than $80,000 has been stolen.

Recently, a 60-year-old resident mailed a $750 Western Union money order on Sept. 18 from a mailbox on East 116th Street and First Avenue. The woman was later told her landlord had not received it and discovered it had apparently been stolen and altered, according to a police report filed Dec. 1.

Detectives at the NYPD's 25th Precinct are investigating the series of thefts as a pattern and have not yet identified a suspect.

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