Police investigating checks stolen from USPS mailboxes
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are investigating reports from residents who say checks they sent in the mail have been cashed fraudulently.
East Providence police have received multiple complaints of mail being stolen from U.S. Postal Service boxes, WLNE-TV reported on Wednesday.
Captain James Nelson said there are about six or seven active cases which all took place around early December at the Grove Avenue post office branch.
Police believe the person responsible is grabbing the mail out of the box by using a device made from a wire or string and a sticky substance.
Nelson encouraged residents to pay their bills online or to go into the post office to mail checks as additional precautions.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to replace the blue post office boxes with new ones that are harder to access, police said.