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Latest Victims Have Checks Stolen From East Harlem Mailboxes, Police Say

By Dartunorro Clark | February 9, 2017 5:01pm
 Two victims had their bill payments stolen in the latest reports of mailbox check thefts, police said.
Two victims had their bill payments stolen in the latest reports of mailbox check thefts, police said.
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EAST HARLEM — The latest victims in a spate of mailbox check thefts in Harlem were two women trying to pay bills, police said.

A 56-year-old woman told police she mailed a $2,385 money order to her landlord early last month, but the payment was never received. The money order was cashed around Jan. 30, police said.

The payment was mailed at a box on East 124th Street at Lexington Avenue, police said.

In another incident, a 71-year-old woman said she placed three checks totaling $2,765 in a street mailbox on East 118th Street and Pleasant Avenue on Jan. 20, police said.

She told police on Feb. 2 she discovered the checks were cashed by an unknown person.

Mailbox thefts have been reported to police in the neighborhood since August last year.

Last month, $11,000 in bill payments from a social services organization were taken from a box.

A U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman told DNAinfo it is continuing to work with the NYPD to investigate the thefts.

Check out where the thefts have occurred below: