A woman has been charged in federal court with stealing U.S. mail from mailboxes after it had been delivered, according to a criminal complaint.
Erin E. Clowser, 34, of Fort Wayne was charged with theft of U.S. mail, access device fraud and aggravate identity theft in U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana and made her initial appearance in court Wednesday.
The criminal complaint alleges that on or about November 2016, the United States Postal Inspection Service began receiving complaints of mail theft from the 46845 ZIP code area. Clowser allegedly, took both mail that was delivered before it could be picked up by the respective owners and mail that was outgoing in boxes with the flags up before it could be picked up by postal carriers. Once the mail was taken, Clowser allegedly converted stolen checks for her own personal use. Clowser allegedly obtained a debit card belonging to another individual, and from March 2017 through April 2017, used that debit card to make unauthorized purchases and ATM withdrawals totaling over $50,000.
Any individuals or businesses located within the 46845 ZIP code who suspect that their mail may have stolen between November 2016 and April 2017 are urged to report such information to the Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or the FBI at 1-317-595-4000.