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Suspect found with checks, credit cards likely stolen in mail, police say

Chester County authorities are urging residents to check their bank accounts for “abnormal activity” after a person was found with numerous checks and credit cards that investigators said were stolen in the mail.

The Tredyffrin Township Police Department arrested the unnamed person on Sunday following a joint investigation that included the Easttown Township Police Department and the Office of the United States Postal Inspector.

In addition to the stolen checks, police believe the suspect may have also stolen gift cards and credit cards in the mail between November 1 and December 12.

Police said anyone who sent a check in the past month should make sure it was cashed by the intended recipient. People who discover fraudulent activity on their accounts should contact their bank and local police.

The Tredyffrin Township Police Department said unknowingly victims could be contacted by police while the investigation continues.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia police warned thieves “washing” and cashing stolen checks in the mail.

South Philadelphia alone has handled 91 mail fraud cases since October, 70% of which involve washing checks with household products and rewriting them.

Philadelphia Police Department detectives claim thieves slip mailed checks and money orders into personal mailboxes, blue USPS boxes and even found crimes at post offices.

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