Skip to main content

Stearns County Sheriff investigates apparent rash of mail thefts


Their checks haven't arrived and their bills aren't getting paid – because of an apparent mail theft in central Minnesota.

A number of rural Stearns County residents reported finding their mailboxes open and empty this week, with important letters (both incoming and outgoing) having seemingly vanished, KARE 11 reports.

The station says the calls came from Holdingford, Avon Township and Brockway Township, and that the Sheriff's Office is now on the case.

According to WCCO, a number of those residents told investigators the missing postage included outgoing bills, while others believe checks they were expecting were swiped by a thief or thieves.

If you happen to know anything about the thefts – which the St. Cloud Times says took place overnight Monday and Tuesday – the Stearns County Sheriff would like to hear from you.

Avoiding mail theft

"The vast majority of the mail (the U.S. Postal Service) delivers arrives intact," the Postal Inspection Service says, "but thieves persist in their efforts to steal it."

The service thus recommends a number of steps citizens can take to protect their mail, including handing an outgoing piece directly to a letter carrier as opposed to leaving it unattended in one's mailbox.

Officials also point out that rural mailboxes are often vulnerable to vandalism because they are often isolated and out of view of the homeowner.

According to CriminalDefenseLawyer, mail fraud is "one of the most frequently prosecuted" federal crimes.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.


Two arrested for string of mail thefts

Spring Lake Park police caught the suspects due to a report from an observant resident who saw the pair take mail from her mailbox. Police are now investigating how many people were victimized by the thefts.


String of mail thefts reported in Wayzata

Wayzata police issued a statement Wednesday alerting the public of several mail thefts.

police tape, crime scene

Passerby finds body lying on road in Stearns County

The adult male died of an apparent gunshot wound.