Possible Mail Theft Under Investigation In Greene Co.

A man in the east is worried someone is stealing Christmas mail after he recently found a stack of opened Christmas cards belonging to other people in his mailbox.

James Topping lives in Snow Hill and says as of Friday he hadn't received any Christmas cards, even though he normally exchanges them with over 30 people. When he checked the mail on Friday he says he found a 3 to 4 inch stack of opened Christmas cards addressed to other people. Topping says he immediately took them to the post office, and is worried someone has been opening up the cards to steal gift cards or money. He says he's also contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Office, which says it's investigating.

Snow Hill Postmaster Michael Harris says he's turned the matter over to the postal authorities and the sheriff's office and says this is the first time he's dealt with mail tampering since he started working there about a year and a half ago.

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  • by Mail Boss Location: Seattle, WA on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Mail theft is one of the easiest and most common ways thieves steal your information for fraud and identity theft. Most people don't even realize when their mail has been stolen. It has been a long time problem on the west coast but is now spreading all across the country. The best defense is a high security locking mailbox to keep thieves from stealing checks, bank account statements and other personal information from your mailbox. At the Ace Hardware in Snow Hill you can order the Mail Boss through the warehouse and install it in just minutes. It's USPS approved and virtually theft proof. In addition, you shouldn't send checks or sensitive documents from an unsecured mailbox. And of course, always shred or otherwise destroy sensitive documents (most of which come in the mailbox!) to keep thieves from stealing your ID information from the trash.
  • by rickyw Location: rocky mount on Dec 23, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    i work in maint at the rm processing plant.you as i was would be amazed at the mail that gets destoyed.people send keys and packs of photos that get hung up causing others to get hung up.just a couple years ago i found a pic of heather king that was from a destoyed envelope.pic was returned.not making excuses but the machines and items in the envelopes could be the culprit
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    They need to start investigating all mail post offices in all counties. This isn't the first time it has happened in Greene County, it happened when I was in high school as well with my parents' mail and we got our mail carrier switched. I live in Greenville now as a student and some of my mail has been going missing the past couple of years. Even my daughter's social security card that had to be mailed in by the government went missing. I reported it and they told me there was nothing they could do about it and mail happens to get lost now and then. They ended up sending me another card and I received that one. It's just really worrying when you know something like that goes missing.
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      by Mail Boss on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:51 PM in reply to Me
      Most often, the people responsible for stealing mail are not the postal carriers or USPS employees, but rather meth heads looking to steal sensitive information for ID theft, or checks/gift cards for quick easy cash.
  • by jim on Dec 23, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    greene county is full of crooked people.
  • by ME Location: GC on Dec 22, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    The mailman was fired and it only took my mom, uncle, and an act of congress to do so over that mess!! How can people be so hateful and mean when it comes to things that are NOT their property!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    I live in the Triad. I've had a PO box for over 20 years because of vandalization of mail boxes. I lose a bank statement about once a year. I lose other mail. One time I recieved a slip inside my PO box stating I had a package. At the Post Office counter I was told my package was missing inside the post office. The package contained a history of colonial South Carolina on CD. Most people aren't interested in history. Imagine the thief, thinking he or she had a rap music CD,finds a dull boring history CD.
  • by Me Location: GC on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Wouldn't be surprised if it was the mailman....sometimes you think it is probably kids stealing and putting the open mail in another person's box but I would start investigating some of the drivers first, like the one who cussed out my 85 year old grandmother who wasn't getting her social security check and come to find out he was riding around with stacks of elderly's checks in his truck for weeks!!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:53 AM in reply to Me
      Was he fired, or what? That's terrible.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    Sounds like an inside job to me. I guess we will have to start paying extra for delivery confirmation for our Christmas cards especially if you send a gift card in it.
  • by SJ on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    I have had a PO Box for years. I can't believe people still trust some of their most sensitive documents to an open metal box a foot and a half from the street.
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      by Zzyzx Road on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to SJ
      This is not just happening here in ENC, its happening throughout the country. But I agree with you. I've had a P.O. Box for years and all of my sensitive mail; credit card statements and the like, go there.
  • by 40some on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    It was UPS that did it. Stole half of the mail from the post office and delivered it a day early.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to 40some
      UPS is United Parcel Service.
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        by TGIF on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to
        40some was making a joke!
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