Friday, January 29, 2010

Catch a Check Thief

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

While it might be convenient to put outgoing mail back in your mailbox with that little red flag up, it’s not the safest thing to do.

Boise Police are on the lookout for someone who will definitely not be winning any citizen of the year awards after stealing checks from private mailboxes and then cashing them around town. According to BPD, the value of each of the checks was several hundred dollars.

Police released this image of the suspected thief, describing him as a light-skinned male in his early 20s, between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall, 170 to 190 pounds with reddish, light brown hair. He has a couple five-pointed star tattoos between his thumb and index finger on each hand.

If you know the suspect, or have any info, call 343-COPS, log on to the Web site, or text to CRIMES, subject Tip236.

Preventing the crime is relatively easy: use secured mail boxes or collection sites to send your mail.

"This is one of those crimes where a little education can prevent people from becoming a victim, save them a lot of headaches and maybe a lot of money," said Property Crimes Detective Brad Thorne in a BPD press release. "Stealing cash, checks or credit cards left unsecured in a mailbox can be another crime of opportunity for a thief."

BPD is also warning the public that there's a new telephone scam going around, in which a caller claims to be raising money to buy new equipment for the Boise Fire Department. While the Fire Department does occasionally use telephone fundraisers, they are always done by a local company and are for specific charitable causes.

If you have any questions about the validity of who's calling you, contact the Fire Department.

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