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Thieves hit mailboxes in North Hills

Posted August 12, 2015

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— Neighbors in North Hills have reported a rash of thefts from their mailboxes, with thieves swiping everything from greeting cards to checks.

It happened to John Rees, who has lived on Coronado Drive for 29 years. He stuck an envelope with a check for $150 in his mailbox Thursday. The next morning, he checked his bank account and was shocked to discover someone had cashed the check for $750.

"I immediately called the bank, and they immediately took it off our statement,” he said Wednesday.

That same day, on nearby Kimbrook Drive, the same thing happened at the home of Selby and Joyce Stokes. A notorized letter was stolen. Fortunately, it contained no sensitive information.

But a week later, it happened to them again.

“Flag still up, flap down, mail gone,” Selby Stokes recalled.

The mail was a condolence card and a congratulations card. The Stokes figured the thief thought there might be gift cards inside.

For now, if the Stokes need to mail something, they go to the post office.

“It’s just frustrating when you can’t use your mailbox,” Joyce Stokes said. “I’m not going to use it because I’m scared whatever I put in there is going to be taken out.”

John Rees echoed that sentiment and said sending mail just won't be the same.

“Unfortunately, we’re all thinking a little differently about putting checks in the mail,” he said.

Postal officials encourage people not to leave mail in their boxes for an extended period of time or put it in shortly before the carrier arrives.

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  • Marty Dwyer Aug 13, 2015
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    Most banks use computers to read checks and aren't read by a human.

  • Roy Jones Aug 13, 2015
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    Wrong neighborhood and wrong time try Southeast Raleigh between the 1st and 5th of the month then from the 13th to the 17 this is when government sends checks.

  • Richard Mackey Aug 13, 2015
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    ummmmmm, it was NOT delivered, it was STOLEN out of the box.....Reading comprehension is a good thing.

    OH, and I check my account several times a week

  • Richard Mackey Aug 13, 2015
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    what ever happened to looking at BOTH the numerical amount AND the written one? They should match and tellers should KNOW that!

  • Marty Dwyer Aug 13, 2015
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    This is going on everywhere and why I pay as many bills as possible on the internet. If I do have to mail something it's at the post office or at work.

  • Larry Wiandt Aug 13, 2015
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    I haven't put anything important in my mail box for over a decade.

  • Larry Wiandt Aug 13, 2015
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    LOL... That's what I thought at first!

  • Roy Hinkley Aug 13, 2015
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    I receive daily balance updates for my accounts. I also have specific alerts set in case activity that exceeds a set dollar amount takes place. I would surely notice, and I doubt I am alone in this.

    You state that it takes longer than a day to deliver, but that's the point of the article. Thieves are stealing envelopes before it ever gets into the postman's hands. Then they modify the check (change "1" into "7") and cash it.

  • Jim Hugs Aug 13, 2015
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    Hitting mailboxes with a bat is one of our nation's great pastimes.

  • Mel Day Aug 13, 2015
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    This is happening all over. I have noticed my mailbox in Garner has the door left opened over night and I have made a point of closing it after getting mail as well as others on the street

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