Thief altering checks left in Luling mailboxes
By Jonathan Menard - Nov 14, 2013
Residents should think twice about sticking a check for their power, water or cable bills in their mailbox, especially if they live in Luling.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’ Office is searching for a thief who has stolen bill payments out of mailboxes, altered the “pay to the order of” section, changed the dollar amount and then cashed the personal checks.
Sheriff Greg Champagne has received reports from several residents who have discovered the fraud after checking their bank statements.
The locations where checks have been removed from mailboxes and altered include Barton Avenue, Davis Drive, Primrose Drive, Lakewood Drive, Cottage Drive, St. John Street and Apple Court. The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to investigate the fraud.
Residents may want to mail their bills at the post office rather than placing them in their home mailbox.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Det. Joseph Dewhirst at (985) 783-1135. The Sheriff’s Office is also asking people in the area who have home surveillance cameras that record the street or mailbox to contact police.
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