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Man Arrested for Stealing Mail, Cashing Checks

By: LCSO Release
By: LCSO Release

Valdosta, Georgia - June 23, 2011 -6:07 PM

Margaret Alderman has always worried about someone stealing mail from her mailbox.

But when she heard a mailbox prowler was arrested across the street from her neighborhood, she couldn't believe it.

"Threatened. Threatened because people amaze me cause they are pulling out all the limits to steal from you," said Alderman.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old David Gavin entered this bank here on Lake Boulevard and tried to cash a stolen check.

A bank teller noticed Gavin forged his name on to the check and notified deputies.

After a brief chase authorities arrested the suspect. Gavin had several checks on him at that time.

Deputies say Gavin's a pro and has been stealing checks from mailboxes and cashing them for a while now.

"What we really want to do is alert the citizens to be aware that they need to check their mail and check their accounts."

Authorities encourage you to put items in the mailbox only on the day of pickup and keep an eye out for prowlers like Gavin.

Gavin lives in Greenville, Florida.

Deputies believe he's been running this scheme throughout Florida and Georgia.

They say he could face more charges pending the investigation.
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Valdosta, Georgia - June 23, 2011 -

In the past few days several residents of the Dasher area of Lowndes County have reported the theft of mail from their mailbox. On Wednesday, June 22 David Michael Gavin entered the Lakes Boulevard branch of First State Bank and attempted to cash a check previously stolen. The teller quickly recognized that the check was stolen and alerted law enforcement. Deputies from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office responded and attempted to approach David Gavin in the bank but he fled out the bank on foot. After a short foot chase David Gavin was apprehended and arrested.
During this investigation it was learned that David Gavin had come to possess a number of checks reported as stolen from mailboxes. These checks had either been cashed at local banks or he intended to cash them on a future date. The theft of mail may not have been isolated to this one area and Sheriff Prine encouraged everyone to monitor their checking account activity to assure that checks which may have been mailed were actually cashed by the intended recipient. Additional charges and/or arrest may be possible as this investigation continues.

Arrestee:
David Michael Gavin Jr.
DOB: 06-22-1983
332 East Turkey Roost
Greenville, Florida 32331

Sheriff Prine reminded the public that although the use of the mail service is safe, caution should be used when placing items such as checks for pickup. Put items into the box only on the day of delivery and be aware of persons other than the mail carrier who approach mailboxes.


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