Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Probe continues into mail theft

January 24, 2001

The theft of mail last month from the McLouth Post Office remains under investigation, said David Nitz, a U.S. postal inspector.

In early December, mail was stolen from the Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative's post office box. The stolen mail included an estimated 115 checks written by customers to pay electric bills.

Since then, at least one check has had the ink washed off of it and was rewritten and cashed at a Lawrence business. And with at least one other check, bank account information was used in Topeka to deposit a bogus payroll check and withdraw cash.

Lynn Weddle, financial crimes investigator with the Topeka Police Department, said the matter is being looked at.

"We have cause for an investigation in our city," she said.

Nitz said there is a suspect.

"We're still looking for the individual who's responsible for it," Nitz said.

Joe Heinen, member services director for Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative, said he believed that the utility now has a good idea of whose checks had been stolen.

"We've pretty much hit all of our customers and we think we're looking at 115 people whose checks might have been in the mail at that time," Heinen said.

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