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Posted: 5:42 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Kathryn Burcham
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. —
Police are looking for a mail theft suspect they said ripped off residents in Mecklenburg and Union counties. Police said 29-year-old Eric Ronald Chisholm, who also goes by alias Benjamin Brown, is already a suspect in mail thefts in Guilford County, Wake County and Gwinnett County, Ga. "He is part of a group that travels up and down the east coast, from Atlanta to Charlotte," said Waxhaw Detective Bobby Haulk. Haulk said the crime ring is called "The House of Ebony," and gets access to your money by taking the account and routing numbers off checks they steal from mailboxes. "They then make their own checks. They can get credit cards in their names. Even IDs," Haulk said. In Waxhaw, three families have fallen victim to Chisholm's crimes, according to police. Investigators said in early June, Chisholm drove through neighborhoods in Union County, looking for mailboxes with the red flags up, indicating outgoing mail. Resident Harling Butcher said his wife spotted Chisholm pulling up outside their house just after 9 o'clock one morning. "That was a red flag because we never have our mail picked up at 9:30, it's always 2, 3 o' clock," Butcher said. Butcher said Chisholm stole their mail, and three weeks later, wrote a check with the Butcher's account and routing numbers at a Food Lion in Mint Hill. "I never thought this would happen to me. My mail, being stolen?" said Butcher. Police said Chisholm is 6 feet tall, has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen at an address on Kings Creek Drive in Charlotte. Authorities said he is likely driving a silver 2013 Kia Sorrento with a South Carolina license plate that reads IHL-423. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Crimestoppers.
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