U.S. Postal Inspectors investigate mail theft in Van Alstyne

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VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) -- Van Alstyne resident Ritchie Rodgers mailed in his nearly $700 check to pay for his truck on November first, but six days later, he saw a check was cashed in with the same check number he used for his truck payment.

"I found out that the check I had wrote for my truck payment which was $685 had been washed and used at the Athens Walmart," said Rodgers.

Athens, Texas is two hours away. Rodgers immediately notified the Van Alstyne post office telling him someone broke this lock and stole mail from the mailbox where he dropped off his check.

"The post office did not do what they needed to do to inform the public," said Rodgers. "(Or) Inform the police department or inform the postal inspectors to let the people of Van Alstyne know hey we've had this breach."

Since then, Rodger's bank has reimbursed the money and the lock on the mailbox has been replaced.

On Friday afternoon, postal workers placed this note over the mailbox and front door stating in part: "While this collection box is as secure as possible, for the utmost security, please consider using the drop box in the lobby."

"There's absolutely no telling how much mail was stolen out of there or articles of mail that were stolen out of there," said Rodgers.

Police said they're working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in this ongoing investigation and so far no arrests have been made.

Federal investigators have not returned telephone calls asking for comment.

As for the mailbox thief: "I hope you get caught and I will press charges against you," said Rodgers.

Mail theft is a felony crime, punishable up to five years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000.



 
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