Darien police warn about mail thefts

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Among the tips provided by police following mail thefts in Darien, Conn., included to drop mails with checks in blue mailboxes provided by the U.S. Postal Service. Police also urged residents to drop the mail at the post office directly rather than leave it in their mailbox as going mail.

Among the tips provided by police following mail thefts in Darien, Conn., included to drop mails with checks in blue mailboxes provided by the U.S. Postal Service. Police also urged residents to drop the mail at the post office directly rather than leave it in their mailbox as going mail.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

DARIEN — Town residents have reported their outgoing mail getting stolen and checks cashed with amounts altered, according to police.

Darien police said the department has taken recent reports from residents reporting the mail theft. Police said the victims told investigators that checks they had prepared to send out in the mail were altered to much bigger amounts and withdrawn from the victims’ bank accounts.

Detectives are working with U.S. Postal Inspection Service about the recent incidents, police said. In a statement from inspectors provided by police, they said “millions of checks, money orders, credit cards and merchandise” are delivered safely each day.

“Unfortunately, such items are also attractive to thieves,” the statement said. “That’s why postal inspectors across the country are at work to protect our customer’s mail.

Police urged residents that have bills to pay or a check to send to someone to drop it off directly inside the post office or pay it online. Anyone who needs to send a check by mail should regularly review their bank statements to ensure the check was cashed in the right amount and to the correct business or individual.

Police also told residents to use the blue U.S. Postal Service boxes for outgoing letters as well, and to hold their mail delivery during vacations or trips out of town for more than a day.

If you see someone other than a mail carrier removing mail from a box or if you’ve had mail stolen, call police at 203-662-5300.