Kalamazoo County Sheriff investigating check thefts from area mailboxes

Kalamazoo County Sheriff investigating check thefts from area mailboxes.{ } (WWMT Franque Thompson)

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is investigating after thieves target roadside mailboxes

Newschannel 3's Franque Thompson just spoke to the sheriff's office who says they have already taken more than 50 reports of stolen mail.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said thieves have hit mailboxes in Galesburg and Richland and are cashing the checks in the Kalamazoo area.

Fuller said people with a roadside mailbox in Kalamazoo County should be on alert.

He said, “Criminals are finding any way they can to try and take people’s money.”

He says thieves are driving around acting like a mail carrier, but actually stealing what's inside.

Fuller said, “They might take your mail out of your mailbox, look for checks, find some or none, go to the next mailbox, put that mail in like they're the mail carrier, take any letter that you may be sending out, check that for things that they're looking for.”

He said the thieves are forging the checks and cashing them in the Kalamazoo area.

“Christmas checks, birthday checks, checks to go pay for your gas bill. you name the check that you could write, they are finding ways to get these things cashed,” Fuller said. “We recognize the fact that this is a local ring of people doing this crime and that likely there are people here in this community that know who's doing it.”

The sheriff says if you see something, say something.

He said, “If you have an idea that somebody's acting like a carrier or you're not recognizing a vehicle that's pulled up and is going from mailbox to mailbox to mailbox, call 911. Let's the sheriff’s office investigate.”

Fuller says they believe multiple cars and people are involved, but they don't have any descriptions of a suspect or vehicle.

He's asking you to keep a look out for any details, like a license plate, model and color of the car or what the thieves may look like.