A Monroe man has been arrested in connection with a rash of thefts of checks from mailboxes in December in Monroe, and police say he is responsible for similar thefts in Shelton and other nearby towns.
Corey Roberts, 23, of 871 Main St., Monroe, was charged Jan. 17 with first-degree larceny, identity theft, criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery, and forgery of symbols of value.
In addition to Monroe, the other thefts from mailboxes are believed to have taken place in Shelton, Milford, Stratford and Trumbull.
Investigation began in December
Monroe police announced they were investigating thefts of checks from several mailboxes in December and urged residents to avoid using their mailboxes to send checks.
Instead, authorities suggested using the large, blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes or bringing checks directly to the post office to be mailed.
Police: Deposited stolen checks at bank
“An investigation was initiated into the theft by the Monroe Police Department Detective Division, and showed that Corey Roberts had been stealing the checks from mailboxes, depositing them into several bank accounts, and making cash withdrawals of that amount,” Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley wrote Tuesday.
“[Roberts] was also obtaining money transfers using the stolen check information, and creating counterfeit checks with the stolen account information,” McCauley continued.
Police followed suspect’s ‘paper trail’
McCauley said investigators were able to follow the “paper trail” left by Roberts’ alleged actions.
“Three search warrants were served; two in Bridgeport and one in Monroe,” McCauley wrote. “In the course of the investigation, multiple other victims were identified in Trumbull, Milford, Stratford, and Shelton. The department continues to investigate the incident.”
Roberts was held on bond for Jan. 21 court date.