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Weld County Sheriff’s Office warns residents about mail thefts

Posted on 03/24/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a string of mail thefts that occurred over the weekend.

The thefts took place late Friday night or early Saturday morning in the 7300 block of Weld County Road 16. More mailbox thefts were reported about the same time in the area of Weld roads 23 and 24 1/2.

Doorbell camera footage shows a single, compact sedan driving up to mailboxes in the area of the reported thefts.

Considering the federal government is expected to pass Wednesday a massive Coronavirus stimulus package, which would include checks for almost every American, the sheriff’s office is encouraging residents to report suspicious persons or vehicles near mailboxes. Be sure to note the license plate of the vehicle if possible, as well as the make, model, color and body style.

“Since the U.S. Government is planning to send checks to people to help ease the economic strain of COVID-19, we are anticipating more reports of mail thefts,” said Weld County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Capt. Alan Caldwell. “We’ve seen this in the past during times of a national crisis and we expect to see it again. That’s why we’re reminding our residents to be vigilant of suspicious activity and to be especially wary of mail thieves.”

The sheriff’s office also wants to remind the public that scammers tend to be most active during national emergencies. When a stimulus package is passed by Congress, remember the government will never ask you to pay money up front in order to receive your check. The funds will be sent to you automatically.

The government also will not call to ask for your personal information, such as Social Security number, bank account or credit card number in order to receive funds from the stimulus package. Anyone who engages in such activity is a scammer.

Anyone with information about last weekend’s mail thefts or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.