Tulsa businesses missing thousands of dollars in stolen mail

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 20:37:12-04

TULSA, Okla. -- One Tulsa man says his business is the victim of some expensive mail theft.

“The last thing I want to do is drive over here to pick up a check and now file a police report,” said Micah Moseley, whose business is in east Tulsa.

Moseley is feeling grateful a fellow business owner found one of his missing checks taken from his company mailbox earlier this week.

“Checked my mail, everything looked normal, was there about an hour or two and looked out and all the doors were out of the mailboxes,” he said.

It's a growing frustration for a business owner whose company relies on the U.S. Postal Service...and is wondering if the same crooks keep returning to his post.

“If they can steal a three-thousand dollar check from me and they don't have very many hard consequences given to them, then obviously it's worth for them to keep doing what they're doing,” he said.

Mail theft is prevalent in the Tulsa metro.

Detectives say they work 1-2 cases a week in both commercial and residential areas.

Thieves are out for money and in Moseley's case, police say he's one of the lucky ones.

“This is very fortunate in this event that he was able to get that check back,” said TPD Financial Crimes Unit Corporal Matt Rose.

Police pass all mail tampering cases to the federal government, but they've got some advice.

“Never put checks in the mail, period either at your business or your residence. Always walk those into the post office and drop them off,” said Rose.

They also recommend lock boxes for mail or establishing a P.O. Box...all things that Moseley is now considering in lieu of being a victim.

“We work hard, we contribute, we pay our taxes. We're just out there trying to do our best, and we've got someone ferreting out your mail,” said Moseley.

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