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The Valdosta Police Department issued a reminder to citizens about the potential for thefts from mailboxes.

These could result in checks being stolen and "washed" for use in forgeries. 

VPD says when citizens put bills they are paying by check in the mailbox in front of their residence for the postal service to pick up, they risk becoming a victim of offenders who check mailboxes and pull these bills out, then remove the checks, wash them, and fill them out to pass at other

Criminals  also get account numbers off the checks and make counterfeit checks using the account numbers. 

"We've seen a couple instances where people have had their mail stolen out of mailboxes," said Valdosta Police Department Lt. Aaron Kirk.

"If they've got a check that they're mailing off for a bill, somebody will take that check, forge it and put their name on it and then pass it at another location. So, we just want to remind people that it could be a problem if they mail their bills off at home," Kirk continued.

VPD says to take bills to the post office to be mailed.  If you must use the mailbox in front of your house, try to put the bills in just prior to the normal pick up time for your neighborhood. 

Also, if anyone is expecting any special deliveries, such as reordered checks from the bank, try to be there when the mail is delivered and remove it as soon as possible from the mailbox.