MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating stolen mail and fradulent credit card charges after a North county resident reported seeing several mailboxes left open on her road this week. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday they received a complaint that mail had been stolen from the mail box in the 400 block of Ocean Beach Road (Hoquiam). The resident advised that she noticed her and her neighbors mailbox had been left open the day prior. The resident later checked her credit card account and discovered that someone had fraudulently charged over $1000.00 within the past 24 hours on her account. The majority of the fraudulent charges occurred at businesses in Aberdeen.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of the mail and the Aberdeen Police Department will be handling the fraudulent credit card charges within their city.
Shumate adds “This would be a good reminder to all residents, particularly those who live in remote areas of the county, to be aware of this type of activity. This time of year we see an increase of mail thefts where suspects hope to find Christmas money, gift cards, or items of value.