Pineville resident angry after thief steals check from mailbox

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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PINEVILLE, N.C. —

A Pineville woman is out hundreds of dollars after she said someone stole her mail and now she’s worried her neighbors off Lancaster Highway could be targeted too.

"Every time I see a red flag up I say I hope their mail gets where they want it to go," the woman said.
 
The woman contacted Channel 9 after she realized someone went on a $200 shopping spree with her money.

Eyewitness News reporter Tina Terry took her concerns to police and found out these crimes are already on their radar.
 
Police arrested a woman a couple weeks ago who they said was driving around and stealing people's mail.
 
The victim of this latest crime, who didn't want to be identified, said she put a check in her mailbox in January -- a payment that was never delivered.
 
"I noticed on my bank account on Feb. 10. There were a  few charges from a Walmart in Huntersville. I had never been to the Walmart in Huntersville."
 
She realized someone stole her check and used her bank account information to steal nearly $200.
 
She notified police and the post office.
 
"They said the carrier noticed in three different areas where he delivers, mail flags were up but there was no mail (there,)” she said. 
 
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman couldn't verify any other reported cases in Pineville but said they recently worked a similar case in Plaza Midwood.
 
Police said they arrested Monique Bennett after a neighbor called 911 to report her driving around taking mail.
 
Neighbors in Pineville are angry about this latest incident and hope police make an arrest.

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