Shomrim Assist in Arresting Suspected Mail Thieves

By Hamodia Staff

Two suspects were arrested Sunday night in connection with a string of mailbox thefts in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. Several business owners who shared a mailbox on 47th St. and 2nd Avenue noticed that their mail had been rummaged through, and checks had gone missing, at times even cashed in on different names.

Camera footage containing the suspects’ license plates and faces was recorded above the mailbox. Klein’s Naturals – one of the businesses that was robbed – had placed cameras there. The footage was monitored by Boro Park Shomrim, which alerted police immediately; Shomrim dispatched units as well.

NYPD officers spotted the suspects on 65th and 8th avenue, and apprehended them.

Abe Rosenberg, NYPD community liaison and owner of U.S. Chocolates – another business targeted by thieves, located a block away from the crime scene – says that police have arrested 6 people in the past few weeks for such crimes, and that he’s seen the same suspects before.

“I’ve had 6 or 7 checks which I was supposed to receive…I was told by the bank or by the customer that they were flagged for fraud,” Rosenberg told Hamodia.

Rosenberg alerted the federal Postal police as well; tampering with mail is a federal offense.

“The postal police were amazed at how swiftly Shomrim were able to identify the suspects,” he said.

Rosenberg says that the incident highlights the importance of security cameras.

“The key to fighting crime today is good footage and good cameras…that’s how we got the plates and made the arrest”

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