Signed, sealed, not delivered: Atlanta police seek mail thief


Residents of a southwest Atlanta apartment complex need your help finding the man that allegedly swiped mail from the outgoing postal box. And there could be a cash reward if you can deliver the suspect’s identity to police.

Monday morning, employees and residents of the Shamrock Garden Apartments, off Campbellton Road, found mailboxes broken and some of the contents scattered around on the ground. And the surveillance camera captured the early-morning action.

Not only did the unidentified man take the mail from the outgoing box, but he also sat down on a nearby bench and sorted through it, taking what he wanted, according to the surveillance video. At least one resident is missing a money order that was supposed to pay a debt.

Atlanta police are investigating the crime, but the public’s help is needed to identify the would-be mailman, according to Officer John Chafee. In addition to a $2,500 reward being offered by Crime Stoppers Atlanta, the owner of the complex, Brent Sobol, has added $500 to bring the pot to $3,000 for information leading to the thief’s conviction.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact investigators at 404-472-3351 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Do you recognize this man? If so, you could be eligible for a reward.

Do you recognize this man? If so, you could be eligible for a reward.

7 comments Add your comment

Braveshopr

August 30th, 2012
5:15 am

Creepy!
“Atlanta police are investigating the crime, but the public’s help is needed to identify the would-be mailman, according to Officer John Chafee”
I wish Officer Chafee would investigate the ineptitude of my mailperson, who plays roulette with mine and other people’s mail in my complex. I can do without the flyers, but when my bills land in someone else’s box, it’s the whim of that person to either s-can my mail or see that it goes to the right person. In my small area a few of us neighbors personally deliver the mail to the addressee’s home, but not everyone does the same, so we end up losing bills like Charter, esp. when the Charter bill looks like an ad. Some of us have complained but it falls on deaf ears. Help us too, Officer Chafee!

WhiteWolf of the Bones

August 30th, 2012
7:36 am

When I get someone else’s mail, I always wonder who is getting mine.

John

August 30th, 2012
8:18 am

I was living in Florida before moving back to Georgia a couple of years ago. In Florida, we had a neighborhood mail box unit with individual lock boxes. I received others’ mail on a regular basis which I always gave to the addressees. I finally got tired of worrying about my mail being put in the wrong box and rented a post office box. Nothing changed! I was still getting others’ mail in my box. It’s no wonder the USPS is going broke. FedEx, UPS and on-line bill pay is the only way to go.

Bill

August 30th, 2012
8:33 am

Isn’t tampering with the mail a federal crime?

John

August 30th, 2012
8:36 am

@Bill – YES!

Stan M.

August 30th, 2012
10:06 am

I suggest the owner get a better IP cam because the perp is from that area and will comeback, I’d also install one near the entrance to the complex, they have solar versions that can be put high up and have great cameras. Make it a public camera for neighborhood watch or watch members and maybe security guards to view on there cellphones that have the app.

justa

September 5th, 2012
10:56 am

Use a PO Box – problem solved

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