Alert neighbor helps police catch mail thief

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- Police say they caught a mail thief they have linked to more than 10 victims so far from several different neighborhoods in north central Wichita. Officers credit catching the thief to one phone call, from a good neighbor.

The man who called police doesn't want a lot of attention for what he did, in fact, he didn't want to be identified. But, he does have a message to share.

"Well they just need to call police if they see something wrong,” the man told us.

That's exactly what he did Friday when he spotted a woman he'd never seen before, snooping through his neighbor's mailbox.

"She went by the mailbox, first time and then she kind of looked to see if anybody was looking and then she backed up and took it and stuck it in her purse,” the man told us.

He picked up the phone and called police. He told them what the woman looked like, what she was doing, and where she was heading. Because of that, officers caught up to her a few blocks away. We're told they found stolen mail from more than 10 people in several north Wichita neighborhoods.

Police say with just one phone call, that man not only helped catch a mail thief. He also helped protect a lot of his neighbors' personal information.

“We say it all the time the citizens are the eyes and ears of the community. There are only so many of us and we can't be everywhere all the time so we rely on them to call 911 and tell us what they see,” Officer Steve Jerrell with the Wichita Police Department said.

Police also warn this is a very popular time of year for mail thieves. They say the best way to keep your mail safe is to drop all of your mail off at the post office, don't leave it in your mailbox for pickup.

They say you also might want to invest in a locking mailbox . Mail can be dropped in but it takes a key to get it back out.

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