Federal authorities searching for mail thief

Thief stealing mail from East Memphis apartment complex

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is looking for a potential serial mail thief.

Surveillance photos show a man with dark wide rim glasses and a goatee, stealing mail from an apartment complex near Quail Hollow Road.

“And it just continues with various contacts saying their mailbox is open, they have found mail missing,” said Susan Link, postal inspector.

Postal Inspector Susan Link says residents said the thief got away with checks, credit card statements, wedding invitations and various other personal identifying information.

If he's caught, he could face serious time. Stealing mail is a federal crime.

“Luckily, in Memphis it’s not as big of a crime, but throughout the country it is one of the top things that we investigate,” said Link.

Link wouldn't reveal which apartment complex the thief is targeting but says it is an eye opener for people who live around the area.

Matthew Gray says it’s rare that he gets physical mail anymore. He’s more concerned with his electronic mail.

However, officials say to prevent being a victim of crime like this, it is important to check your mailbox often and report it to authorities.

“Usually If I know something is coming in, so if it coming in that’s when I check it regularly,” said Gray.

If you’re going out of town, Inspector Link also wants to remind you that it’s a good idea to put a stop to your mail service while you’re gone.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and a conviction.

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