NORTH CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The North Canton Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from residents' mailboxes.
Last week several residents in the southwest section of the city reported being contacted by their respective banks that money, withdrawn from their accounts, was done by someone cashing checks on closed accounts.
An investigation of their complaint revealed the following.
The suspects are an older white male, balding and a white female with blonde hair, driving a white Lincoln Town Car. They are putting flyers advertising a flu shot, probably reproduced from a magazine advertisement, in mailboxes that have the "Red Flag" up for outgoing mail to be picked up by the mail carrier.
They leave the flyer and take the persons outgoing mail all the while looking for people sending personal checks in the mail. Then, they take the persons name and bank account information off the checks and go deposit a bad or stolen check into the victims account and withdraw half of it back out in cash.
So far the suspects have received several thousands dollars from the victims.
Police want residents to be mindful and cautious about sending checks in the mail. If this type of incident has occurred to you, please contact your local law enforcement agency to report it.
Police are asking anyone who has information that can help in the identification of the suspects please contact North Canton Police Detective R. Manse at 330-499-5911.