Smyrna police track mail theft ring, dozens of victims identifie - CBS46 News

Smyrna police track mail theft ring, dozens of victims identified

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Investigators in Smyrna and around metro Atlanta are trying to apprehend suspects in what they believe is a mail theft ring, targeting homes and banks around metro Atlanta.

Four people have been arrested since November, while six more remain at large.

"We're talking about 100s of thousands of dollars (in stolen money)," said Officer Louis Defense with the Smyrna Police Department.

He said the suspects are often looking for mail boxes with red flags raised, stealing the checks from those mail boxes, and doctoring the checks in order to cash them for several thousand dollars.

28 victims, including several financial institutions, have been identified.

"What we're trying to encourage citizens to do is to drop the mail in a secure drop box," said Defense.  "Never indicate you have mail going out by putting up the red flag (on the side of the box)."

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