Post office collection box in Tallahassee broken into

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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 13, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Saturday afternoon, Cam Fentriss made a drop off at one of the collection boxes outside of a post office in Tallahassee. Then on Tuesday morning, she received a call from her bank.

"They noticed that a check looked suspicious and they gave me the information. It had my signature, they gave me the information on it, what check number, and indeed it was written out to someone else," said Fentriss.

She says everything she wrote on the original check was washed out and altered, except for her signature. The altered check was written for $5,100 more than the original.

"I went down to the post office and they, of course, already knew about it. They informed me that someone had crowbarred open the mailbox," added Fentriss.

An empty space and caution tape have replaced the now removed drop box at the United States Postal Service at 2800 South Adams Street. Many of the people we spoke with say they use it quite often.

"It's just the fact if I'm in a hurry, I'll just wiz by and drop it in the box, or if it's raining," said James Copelin.

Postal Inspector Adel Valdes, who was out of town and couldn't speak on camera, says the last collection was late Saturday afternoon, but the break in wasn't discovered until Monday morning.

"I mail bills, I mail gift cards, I mail things that are personal that I would not want someone to get a hold of," said Lillie Tinsley.

For Fentriss, she says she typically takes mail to the drop box, but this incident will change the way she goes about that process.

"Absolutely I will take all of my mail inside of a post office," she said.

Valdes added there have been a couple break-ins targeting collection boxes in the city in the past half a year. Fentriss says she did file a police report.

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