Man Arrested for Stealing Mail, Cashing Checks

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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.

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.

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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  • by MailBoss Location: Redmond, WA on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Thieves target incoming and outgoing mail to obtain sensitive and financial information for identity fraud and identity theft. To protect yourself, use a high security locking mailbox like the Mail Boss that cannot be fished by hand or easily pried open with a screwdriver. In addition, never send checks or other sensitive documents from an unsecured mailbox. It is not adequate to not leave them out overnight. Just don't do it! If you must use checks, bring them directly to the post office. Otherwise use online bill pay - it's much more secure. And don't forget to shred or otherwise destroy sensitive documents before discarding them to stop dumpster divers. But remember, most of those documents come in the mail, so a locking mailbox is a must-have!
  • by Observer Location: Florida on Jun 24, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    But he doesn't have a job. Hi is a druggie. He violated probation for previous theft arrest and did prior time for grand theft. He's a repeat offender yet they keep letting him out! He's burden on society and everyone that knows him.
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      by Ole Hickory on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to Observer
      Worry not, my friend. When he is convicted of taking mail, he will get three hots, and a cot. (In some Federal Prison's they don't even allow you to talk!) He will be gone for years. Thankyou US Senate, and House, for mandating this sort of thing. He will be missed...I mean that in the best way.
  • by Observer Location: Florida on Jun 24, 2011 at 03:27 AM
    I know this moron - he IS a thug - he IS a loser - he IS a druggie - he IS a thief - and this isn't the first time he's been caught stealing and isn't the first time he's done jail time. Problem is that they keep letting him out! Obviously he STILL hasn't learned his lesson!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    wow fed time...never touch some1 elses mailbox...he would of gotten less time less offense if he would have stole from any place but the mailbox
  • by thugbasher on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    Thug, without a gun! Hood, needs to be locked up and have the key buried in a snake pit, the result of POOR PARENTING!
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      by grannie on Jun 26, 2011 at 02:57 AM in reply to thugbasher
      thats not true!!!!!!! parents, most parents do their job, parting to the best they no how to do, he is resposible fofr the decisions that he makes, not parents!
  • by MICHAEL Location: TALLAHASSEE on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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      by Aunt on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to MICHAEL
      If they could have found him they would have done it them selves,No, they are not proud,saddened very deeply.This is another example of what a couple of pain pills can start.
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        by Observer on Jun 24, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Aunt
        yea but how many times has his family covered for and made excuses for him? Pain pills my a**! He wasn't doing them when he started his life of crime as a teen.
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      by Jethro T. Town on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM in reply to MICHAEL
      What a moment, for the parents of this big fat pile of thash? I would love for this pile of trash, to take my daughter to the Post Office to apply for her new job!!! At The U. S. Postal Service! I am sure (that is what her parents are thinking) He be a thug, and he be a perp'.
  • by What!!! Location: Florida on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    I see these white men steal more than the black man (i.e corporate government ran by white men)local and abroad.. It's just a magnafied issue when a black man does it..
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to What!!!
      It is not magnified. Blacks do it more routinely (pure numbers). Whites typically do it for more money. This means that it takes a lot more(money) to tempt the white guy.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:53 AM in reply to
        Gtfoh if someone decides to steal money they are doing it for the money.. Obviously it didn't take much money at all for this white man to open people's mailbox and steal their petty cash, then go to a bank where there's plenty of money and attempt to cash it lmfao..I digress..
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          by Jethro T. Town on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:00 AM in reply to
          Hoodrat! Thug! Mobster! "Petty cash?" Loser, petty cash times (which means multiplied by...) a dozen? Wipe that snot off your nose, you snot nose! I digress...Yes snot nose, now it's about you.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:05 PM in reply to What!!!
      this is NOT about skin color. it IS a story about CRIME. if you MUST point your finger, point it all the blacks that deal drugs to children. both ARE crimes, but i have never heard of anyone dying from stolen mail. but i hear of MANY dying from drugs. look in the mirror. which are you ?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:58 AM in reply to
        So the black guy deals drugs to children lol.. Really? I swear i see a Meth bust every week and white people are on the front page getting busted..Guess what Meth leads to someone going into your mailbox stealing your checks cashing them to get the Meth seems like you're the one who needs to look in the mirror.. I digress..
  • by Johnny Location: Hwy 20 on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    He looks like a thug, acts like a thug, must be a thug. Profiling works!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM in reply to Johnny
      He's a thug, except he doesn't look like the typical thug.
  • by state worker on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    He took lessons from Rick Scott!! but forgot to plead the 5th. like Rick
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      by Real Worker on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM in reply to state worker
      You need to start singing a different tune.
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        by WONDER WOMAN on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to Real Worker
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        by real worker on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:21 PM in reply to Real Worker
        get a job! oh Rick took yours!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM in reply to state worker
      He is only accused, wait until he goes to court and see if he talks.
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        by david on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to
        WHAT part of the news report did you NOT understand? the jerk was CAUGHT IN THE ACT trying to cash the check. it was ALSO found that he had "other" checks that were stolen. 1 person doesn't go around with several checks all with different names unless they stole the checks.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:42 PM in reply to
        Accused, he was caught red-handed, guilty as charged!
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          by guilty on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:22 PM in reply to
          I plead the 5th.
  • by Brutal Location: Capital City, Florida on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    This a one of the "me gereation!" Don't get out of the bed until 2:00 PM. Test this punk for illegal drugs. I bet he is full of-'em! Steal the mail? That's a federal crime. No job...No future now, that is for sure and for certain! These people were robbed of their most basic and most needed...Their checks. By a lowlife! I need for this punk thug to be locked-up in a federal prison for maybe 10 years. Then he can start serving time in state prison, perhaps another 5-10! I get out of bed everyday and go to work. Not because it's convenient, but because I pay my bills, I feed myself and others, and I have no criminal history! Not even a traffic ticket! Loser!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to Brutal
      You make a lot of assumptions. Nowhere does it say he stays in bed until 2PM. Nowhere does it say he does not have a job. Nowhere does it say he is on drugs. I can't say that you're assumptions are wrong, But you really can't say they are right either. You are a complete idiot proven by the fact that you base you whole comment on baseless fiction.
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        by Brutal T. Town on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:16 PM in reply to
        Yes, you box of rocks! If he was at work, you box of rocks, he would not be stealing from others! Yes, you box of rocks, if he had a job, why was he not at work? Yes, you box of rocks..."when I go out today, when I get out-of-bed, I'm stealin' somebodies mail! I have this box of rocks, I would just love to trade them for some weed!" Word!
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