Police warn residents about preventing mail theft - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police warn residents about preventing mail theft

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The following photo of Travon Clark  was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department. The following photo of Travon Clark was provided by the Bridgeport Police Department.

A Bridgeport man is accused of having blank checks mailed to a person's home in Westport, and then stealing them from the mailbox.

Police said 27-year-old Travon Clark was arrested for attempting to cash stolen checks earlier this month.

Investigators said Clark opened a bank account at a bank in downtown Bridgeport, and used to make deposits or withdrawals from.

Police believe that Clark cashed two checks from the unidentified person, and was arrested trying to make a withdrawal from the bank of $3,500.

The Bridgeport Police Department is offering the following tips on preventing mail from being stolen:

  • Do not leave outgoing mail in your unlocked mailbox.
  • Deposit mail in a blue collection box or inside your local post office. Make sure your home mailbox is in good condition. Mail that is exposed can be damaged by bad weather, and is visible to thieves.
  • Promptly pick up your incoming mail after it is delivered.
  • Purchase a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to the lockable type. Make sure the mail slot is large enough for the letter carrier to insert your mail. The letter carrier cannot pick up mail from this type of box.
  • Arrange for your mail to be delivered to a Post Office box for a small fee.
  • Have regular income checks deposited electronically into your bank account via direct deposit.
  • Promptly contact the senders if you do not receive credit cards, checks or other valuable mail.
  • Notify the post office and mailers if you change your address. When going on vacation, have the post office hold your mail, or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail after delivery.
  •  Be observant of activities on your street, including those near your letter carrier, the postal vehicle, residential mailboxes and collection boxes.
  • If you see suspicious persons or activity, call 911 while the suspects are still present.

Anyone with any information about similar crimes is asked to call the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-576-8126 or text information to CRIMES (274637) then TIP717 in the body of the text message. All calls will remain anonymous.

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