Checks, credit cards stolen from Larimer County mail boxes

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DENVER — The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was investigating Thursday a rash of mail thefts in the Bellvue area, LCSO said.

Several victims in the region have reported checks and credit cards stolen from their incoming mail, with some of the items later being fraudulently used around the state.

One business, Canyon Utilities, in Poudre Canyon, was especially hard hit, LCSO reported. Residents who have recently sent payments to the trash and recycling service were warned to check that those payments were actually received.

LCSO recommended residents limit the amount of personal and financial data placed into unsecure mailboxes in the rural areas.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service also provided tips to protect your mail from thieves:

  • Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won’t be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • Have your local post office hold your mail while you’re on vacation, or absent from your home for a long period of time.
  • If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes). If you observe a mail thief at work, call the local police immediately, and then call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

Anyone with information about the Larimer County mail thefts was asked to call Investigator Ben Hess at 970-498-5170 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.

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