Police in Van Wert County have urged residents to be on the lookout of suspicious activity after numerous thefts of mail from mailboxes were reported.
Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said Tuesday that his office was investigating thefts of mail “throughout northwest Ohio and also several counties in Indiana,” according to a news release. Riggenbach said the thefts likely happened over the last 10 days.
The sheriff said police have spoken with known victims and investigators are working with the postal inspector.
In the wake of the thefts, Riggenbach said residents should not put their mail out the night before it is picked up. He also urged residents to remove mail from their mailbox every day.
The sheriff said residents should be on the lookout for suspicious activities. Residents should call the sheriff’s office about:
- A person or vehicle stays in the same for an unusual length of time.
- A parked car with the engine running, regardless if a person is inside or not.
- A person behaves odd or exhibits unusual movements, looks out of place, or is wandering around.
- A person concealing an object, carrying a weapon, or suspicious bag.
- A person looking into windows of homes for no reason, or forcibly entering a car or home.
- A person looking into cars, moving from car to car or tries door handles.
- A person running from a home for no reason, especially at night.
- A person carrying or transporting unusual valuable objects day or night.
- A person sells or conducts business out of their car, van, truck, or other vehicle.
- A vehicle drives around your block frequently, slowing down, speeding up.
- A vehicle without lights on, arriving or leaving late at night.
- A person leaving a neighbor’s house, who isn’t the neighbor or someone you recognize.
If a resident believes they may be a victim of mail theft, they should contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 238-3866.