The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating a series of thefts involving U.S. Mail that have occurred throughout the county beginning in October 2012. The locations of these incidents include:
–the 500 block of Sunrise Hill Road in Derwood on January 2.
–the 900 block of Willow Tree Terrace in Rockville on December 11, 2012.
–the 10000 block of Tynewick Terrace in Silver Spring during November 2012.
–the 9000 block of Charlie Farm Court in Gaithersburg during October 2012.
According to police, the thefts occurred after victims placed their outgoing mail into their mailboxes. In many cases, the mail contained checks to pay bills. Police said the suspects have been stealing the mail, removing the checks, then altering and cashing, or attempting to cash, the altered checks at area banks.
A gray sedan-like vehicle has been observed in the area of several of these thefts, and it is believed that this may be the vehicle that is driven by the the suspect(s).
Police are recommending that citizens drop important outgoing mail at local post offices or in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox. Also, consider not using the “flag” on your mailbox as an alert that there is mail waiting in the box.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious situations, vehicles or person(s) to police by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line, 301.279.8000. Callers may remain anonymous.