Conway police warn of mail theft

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 9, 2013 

— Conway police are warning residents that officers have received reports of mail being taken from mailboxes, according to a news release.

The victims reported that outgoing mail containing personal checks for bill payments were taken and one of the checks was used to purchase goods at a local store, Conway police Lt. Selena Small said. Residents should report any suspicious people or activities in their neighborhoods.

Residents should also make arrangements with a trusted neighbor or friend to collect their mail or to stop delivery if they are going to be away from home during the holidays, Small said.

In reports filed with the department, a 78-year-old man living along Sherwood Drive told Conway police on Nov. 9 that someone stole three envelopes from his mailbox before the items were picked up by a postal employee.

In a separate incident, a 62-year-old man living along Golden Eagle Drive told police that on Dec. 5 someone used a stolen check from his mailbox to purchase items at Wal-Mart in the amount of $473, according to the report.

Detectives are investigating and anyone with information about the incidents can call Conway police at 248-1790.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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