The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of checks being stolen from local mailboxes.

According to a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office press release...they're investigating reports of check fraud after mail was taken from local mailboxes before the postal service could collect it.

Investigators believe someone is taking checks from mailboxes and then altering them to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account. Mailboxes with the red flags displayed indicate mail is waiting to be picked up. Those are the ones believed to be targets of the thefts.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two cases of check fraud. Both occurred in the area of 29 ½ Road between Patterson and Orchard Ave. There were on two separate occasions, one in November and the other in December. Unfortunately, the fraudulent activity didn't show up on the victim's bank accounts until later.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind you of these tips:

-Avoid mailing out personal checks using mailboxes that are not secured with a key. Instead, use a designated post office location.

-Check your bank account activity regularly and report any unusual activity.

If you have any information about this crime, or if you believe you are a victim, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707.
Credit: Mesa County Sheriff's Office