Mail thefts in Plaza Midwood

Published: Mar. 7, 2014 at 4:47 AM EST|Updated: Apr. 6, 2014 at 3:37 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg Police in the Eastway Division say they're investigating 15 cases of mail theft in the Plaza Midwood area. 

Officers say the culprits went after delivered packages left outside, and outgoing mail.

"Items targeted would include checks so what they do with the checks – that's part of the investigation" said  Lt. Christian Wagner. "I would say they're targeting checks, money people send in the mail, prescriptions. Any items ordered on Amazon."

Police say the investigation started two weeks ago when a woman called 911 after she saw a suspicious person taking mail.

Based on the neighbor's description, officers caught up with Kimshon Bennett.

Police say when they stopped her, she had mail from three different mailboxes.

Bennett has been charged with two counts of larceny, two counts of possession of stolen goods or property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An 80 year old woman told WBTV she put out her outgoing mail – an envelope with a check to pay a bill. Then shortly after, a police officer knocked on her door and told her mail had been stolen

Investigators sent out an alert and started receiving more reports of missing mail.

Thursday afternoon officers took another report.

A package was delivered to a family but the mother said she never received it.

Police are warning residents to be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious people.

"It's such a crime of opportunity that people are able to go out and do that" said Lt. Wagner. "But we are out looking. We have officers patrolling the area where this took place."

Officers say if you have outgoing mail, take it to the post office yourself.

If you're expecting a package - ask a neighbor to watch for the delivery, and keep the package until you get home.

Police are reminding people to call 911 if you see something or someone suspicious.

Lt. Wagner said "what we're trying to do is get on this from this point forward and let residents know what's going on so they can take acts to prevent any future thefts of their mail."

Officers in Eastway Division have alerted neighboring areas about the thefts.

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