Lake Cherokee mail thefts investigated

Published: Jul. 4, 2011 at 1:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2011 at 3:00 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Gregg County authorities are trying to capture some high tech forgers , who are stealing mail from mailboxes and forging new numbers on legitimate checks. Investigators say the mailbox thefts have taken place in southern Gregg County around residential area's of Lake Cherokee.  Specifically they believe suspects were watching to see when the flags were up on the boxes.

"Its just terrifying to know there's people watching your every move and watching your mail and waiting for your flag to be up, I think about my parents who are elderly," says Lake Cherokee resident Kim Hicks.

Their target was any check that might be sent out in the mail. Using whatever tools of the trade, the forgers re-print the checks for much higher amounts. Amounts that could be disastrous to the victims.

"It would be devastating it could sweep out there bank accounts on a couple of checks someone writes and they wouldn't even know," Hicks says.

Investigators say a suspect was seen at a Tyler Wal-Mart cashing a stolen $1.73 check, that had been altered for $480. The thefts have many residents uneasy.

"We have security 24 hours a day and to know that these guys are getting in and out of our roads and taking our mail, its really scary," says area resident Victoria Bell.

Two different vehicles have been spotted, a tan or light brown SUV and a light colored jeep Grand Cherokee. Anyone with information on the check thefts , is asked to call Gregg County Crimestoppers.

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