Police: Thieves stole checks from mail, then tried to deposit them

WINDHAM — If you plan on mailing a check anytime soon, you should think twice.

According to Windham police Capt. Mike Caron, four people had their checks stolen from mailboxes outside the Windham Post Office the week before Christmas.

“(The thieves) are changing the amounts (on the checks) and changing the names, then trying to deposit them in area banks,” Caron said.

Luckily, the banks spotted the fraud before the checks went through, according to police.

“It would appear from the victims that when they put their mail in the mailboxes, they were extremely full to where someone could just reach in and grab them,” explained Caron. “We suspect that’s what was happening, the perpetrators were going around and the mailboxes were full, they just put their hands in there and grabbed them.”

According to Caron, one thief tried to use an ATM to deposit a check and the others tried to use mobile deposit. Caron added that the thefts took place on Sunday, when the mail is not picked up.

Caron said that he believes the mail thieves are a group of individuals from Massachusetts. Incidents of mail thefts of this kind have also occurred recently in Westford and Billerica, he added.

“We believe the group that was possibly doing ours was from the Boston/Dorchester area just by the way they signed their checks,” he said.

— Genevieve DiNatale

Police: Man arrested outside Windham grocery store faces 3rd DUI, likely more charges

WINDHAM — A suspicious person reported outside Shaw’s Supermarket in Windham earlier this month was ultimately arrested for DUI – for a third time – with more charges likely, police said.

Arrest records show that Eric Bean, 35, of Deering is charged with his third DUI. New Hampshire law requires anyone convicted of a third DUI to spend a minimum of six months in jail.

Windham police Capt. Mike Caron said Bean’s arrest resulted from a complaint at 2:43 p.m. Wednesday, when a man was spotted driving around the grocery store parking lot exposing himself.

Caron said an investigation is continuing on the indecent exposure aspect of the case, with more charges likely to follow.

— Breanna Edelstein

Construction accident injures two

WINDHAM — Two men, ages 65 and 35, were rescued from a construction site at 10 Chestnut Road after a partial wall collapsed on them Monday morning, Jan. 11, fire Chief Tom McPherson said.

With Fire Department crews running at reduced staffing, McPherson said the department was fortunate to have two additional off-duty personnel at the station teaching an EMS class when the rescue call came in about 10:30 a.m.

Due to the complexity of the call and how the patients needed to be extricated, the chief said he requested an additional engine and a ladder truck from the Derry Fire Department.

The partially completed house where the incident happened does not yet have interior stairs, McPherson said, which required firefighters to use a ladder truck and basket to remove the trapped men.

After rescue workers saw the extent of the injuries, they requested a medical helicopter, the chief said.

Originally, officials on the scene were told to use Parkland Medical Center in Derry as a landing site for the helicopter, but based on the more seriously injured patient’s condition and the time it took to extricate him, the helicopter was diverted to the closer Nashua Road ball fields.

The 65-year-old victim was flown to Beth Israel in Boston for treatment of abdominal, facial and shoulder injuries, according to McPherson. The younger victim was brought to Parkland Medical Center by ambulance with pain in his lower back, pelvic area and upper right leg.

— Breanna Edelstein

 

 

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