• Woman says she's out $7K after strangers deposited check from post office mailbox

    By: Alyssa Hyman


    SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Fairburn police are asking for your help identifying and finding two suspects that stole a check from a USPS mailbox. 

    Investigators believe the man and the woman stole Patricia Whitmore's $7,000 check she put in the mail. They said the duo deposited it at a Southwest Atlanta Wells Fargo branch. 

    "I always make sure I push it so it doesn't fall to the outside" said Patricia Whitmore, the victim in this case, who explained what happened. 


    The check was from her investment company and she was mailing it to her bank. She was hoping to use the money to buy a new car but she noticed it never made it into her account. 

    "I have no idea how they got their hands on the check. No idea," she said.

    Police said the people in a security picture are the ones who deposited and cashed it. 

    "I cant even fathom somebody trying to take from somebody else,' Whitmore said.

    Whitmore now drops off her mail inside the post office and she not snail mailing the checks anymore. She's doing it online and wants others to be aware of what happened to her. 

    "I just want people to be vigilant and just know what they're dealing with," she said.

    Postal Inspectors said it's working with local law enforcement partners with the investigation.  

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