Bexley police sergeant warns residents to avoid Main Street post office
During the Bexley City Council meeting earlier this week, there was an urgent warning from the police department's sergeant.
The attendees were told to avoid using the East Main Street post office or blue mailboxes due to a federal investigation into mail thefts and forgery.
Even though it's not in Bexley's jurisdiction, police are assisting federal investigators with vital information they've been gathering on their own.
U.S. Postal inspectors have been very tight-lipped during the investigation, but neighbors who attended the Bexley council meeting received an update on the probe. The focus of the investigation is mail thefts and forgery, with most cases dealing with stolen checks.
It's a problem that's hitting all parts of Central Ohio, including Bexley, Worthington and Upper Arlington.
Since June, Bexley police have taken around 30 reports of stolen checks and forgery. Service complaints about the post office on East Main Street have been brewing for years now.
Miriam Goldmeier said she has lived in town all of her life and often uses that post office.
"I was told not to use the blue boxes in any place. Our postman told us that and we were told to mail everything inside the post office," said Goldmeier.
Bexley police have worked hard to assist federal investigators and said they're making progress.
During the city council meeting, a sergeant from the police department said pictures and videos helped them identify two suspects, who have deposited forged checks. Those suspects are in Youngstown and police said they've conducted 11 interviews with potential suspects.
During the meeting, the audience was also told by police that there is evidence some master keys for the big blue mailboxes were stolen.