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Suffolk police seek man they say stole key from mail carrier that opens 'dozens' of mailboxes in North Babylon area

Deputy Inspector Sean Beran said the primary concern is fraud, with people not only mailing checks but also things like applications.

Cecilia Dowd

Oct 16, 2023, 10:22 PM

Updated 190 days ago

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Suffolk police are looking for the man they say stole an “arrow key” from a mail carrier in North Babylon on Friday.
Authorities say the key opens “dozens” of mailboxes in the area.
The theft happened at Hughes Lane and Miller Avenue around 3:30 p.m.
Deputy Inspector Sean Beran says the suspect “pointed what appeared to be a gun” at the postal employee before stealing the key.
Beran said the primary concern is fraud, with people not only mailing checks but also things like applications.
He said criminals harvest the information and then open accounts in others’ names.
He said identity theft is a “huge concern.”
He said there is a person of interest in this case, but no arrests have been made.
Police say a good way to keep mail safe is to go inside the post office and give mail to a postal employee.
News 12 reached out to the United States Postal Inspection Service for more details and is awaiting a response.


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