Credit cards and a driver’s license were among the mail stolen Monday morning by a Roswell man from 36 residents on West Howard Avenue, says the Decatur Police Department.
Police were called by a resident, who saw a suspicious man taking mail out of mailboxes, said Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross. The caller gave police a detailed description of the suspect and told them which direction the man had gone.
When an officer caught up with the suspect in the 1100 block of West Howard Avenue, Ross said he was reportedly carrying a bag with a large amount of unopened mail. Mail belonging to a total of 36 victims from various addresses in Decatur, DeKalb County and Atlanta was recovered.
The suspect, a 29-year-old Roswell
man, was charged with theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property and
obstruction of an officer.
Decatur officers have made several arrests in recent months for mail theft thanks to resident who called quickly and gave detailed descriptions and direction of travel when they saw suspects taking items from mailboxes or going to multiple mailboxes.
“We want to thank everyone
for continuing to watch out for your neighbors and calling when suspicious
behavior is observed,” Ross said.
Mail theft continues to be a problem in Decatur as well as the metro Atlanta area, she said. One of the easier ways to prevent mail theft is to install a locking mailbox insert or locking mailbox that allows mail to be placed through a slot by postal carriers but requires a key to open and retrieve the mail.