Stolen mail leads to $1,000 fraud

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to keep an eye on their mail.

On Tuesday, a woman in the 400 block of Ocean Beach Road in Hoquiam reported her mail had been stolen. She found more than $1,000 in fraudulent credit card charges had been made at Aberdeen businesses within the previous 24 hours.

Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate warned residents, particularly those living in remote areas of the county, to be aware of this type of crime.

“This time of year we see an increase of mail thefts where suspects hope to find Christmas money, gift cards, or items of value,” he wrote in a press release.

The Sheriff’s Office will investigate the mail theft and the Aberdeen Police Department will handle the fraudulent charges in its city.


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