Mailbox thefts are a growing concern in Ohio, USA

GROVEPORT, Ohio (WCMH) – As Groveport police investigate after mailboxes outside the Main Street Post Office were broken into, a security expert says such theft is a growing problem in Ohio and the country.

Police said the theft of the blue letterboxes happened on Monday night, with everything inside the boxes stolen.

On Monday evening, one of the boxes was still in use while the others had yellow “Do Not Use” signs.

Mail theft, specifically involving stolen checks, is a growing problem across the country.

Dr. David Maimon is director of the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group at Georgia State University.

He said there had been an explosion in sales of stolen checks on the dark web, many of which were removed from mailboxes.

In October 2020, the group recorded 114 stolen checks nationwide. Now that average is around 2,000 a week.

While Maimon can’t say for sure what happened in Groveport is related to what his group is monitoring, but Ohio is the 10e highest check volume state that the group finds.

“Ohio, primarily Columbus, is driving this,” Maimon said. “It’s one of the best places we see that happen. Other locations are New York, New Jersey. We see a lot of activity in Pennsylvania, which is crazy. Delaware. Texas is one of the hot beds, DC then Ohio.

Police said a possible suspect vehicle in the Groveport robbery is a silver Dodge Dart with a missing driver’s side rear wheel cover.

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