Archive for Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Missing mail found, thanks to rural tip-off

March 29, 2000

Reports of vanishing mail from rural mailboxes in three postal districts Bonner Springs, Tonganoxie and Linwood soon will be handled in district court, according to Sgt. Andy Dedeke of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.

Dedeke said that in early March he received a phone call from a woman who lives in the east part of the county and handles her area's neighborhood watch program. Someone had contacted her saying they had seen a man taking mail from a mailbox. The caller had recorded the license number of the car, Dedeke said.

"We went to the guy's house and he had a trunk full of mail belonging to about 25 different people," Dedeke said. "The mail was returned to the owners and he's going to be facing charges in district court for theft."

The man apparently was looking for tax-refund checks, Dedeke said.

"There were a lot of loose checks in there that he had opened and endorsed, forged the person's name," Dedeke said.

Deborah Owens, victims' witness coordinator for the Leavenworth County attorney's office, said Monday that charges had not yet been filed.

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